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Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs

Biography

Raymond Briggs is one of the foremost creators of illustrated books for adults and children, including the unforgettable The Snowman and Father Christmas.

THE BASICS
Born: Wimbledon Park, January 18th 1934*
Jobs: Artist, Writer
Lives: Sussex
First Book for Children: The Strange House, 1961
*Raymond shares his birthday with A A Milne and Arthur Ransome

THE BOOKS
Raymond Briggs' parents have proved an important source of inspiration to the author/artist. His father was a milkman; his mother a former lady's maid. Raymond's unique characterisation of Father Christmas is based on his father - "Father Christmas and the milkman both have wretched jobs: working in the cold, wet and dark." His parents also influenced the character of Jim and Hilda, the victims of nuclear fall-out, in When The Wind Blows.

Raymond left school aged 15 to study painting at Wimbledon School of Art. After completing a typograp...

Interview

PLACE & DATE OF BIRTH:
Wimbledon Park, London, 18 January 1934

FAVOURITE BOOK:
Bomber – Len Deighton

FAVOURITE SONG:
National Brotherhood Week – Tom Lehrer

MOST TREASURED POSSESSION:
My house

FAVOURITE FILM:
Brief Encounter

When did you start illustrating?
In 1957 when I left Art School. I tried all the three fields of illustration: 1) Advertising, 2) Magazine & newspapers, 3) Books. I soon found I enjoyed book illustration the most, despite it being the poorest paid. But then I discovered that book illustration meant CHILDREN’S BOOKS! Ugh! And Yuk! However, I soon realised children’s books were wonderful to illustrate and so I have been at it for the last 44 years.

Where do you get your ideas?
I don’t know. Prefer not to think about it. I always tell interviewers not to ask this question.

Ca...

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  • The Snowman
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  • The Snowman
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The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book jacket image
  • The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book
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  • Paperback: Oct 03 2013
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Father Christmas Goes on Holiday jacket image
  • Father Christmas Goes on Holiday
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  • Paperback: Oct 02 2014
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Father Christmas jacket image
  • Father Christmas
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  • Paperback: Sep 25 1975
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  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby
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  • Paperback: Aug 30 1973
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  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby
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  • Paperback: Aug 30 1973
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Jim and the Beanstalk jacket image
  • Jim and the Beanstalk
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  • Paperback: Aug 28 2003
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  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby
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  • Paperback: Aug 02 2007
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  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby
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  • Paperback: Aug 02 2007
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The Puffin Mother Goose Treasury jacket image
  • The Puffin Mother Goose Treasury
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  • Hardback: Sep 02 2010
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  • The Puffin Mother Goose Treasury
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  • Hardback: Sep 02 2010
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  • Father Christmas
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  • Hardback: Nov 06 2003
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The Snowman Buggy Book jacket image
  • The Snowman Buggy Book
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  • Board book: Oct 08 2009
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  • Puffin Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
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  • Board book: Sep 01 2011
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Raymond Briggs's Christmas Little Library jacket image
  • Raymond Briggs's Christmas Little Library
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  • Board book: Oct 03 2013
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The Snowman jacket image
  • The Snowman
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  • ePub eBook: Nov 15 2010
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The Snowman jacket image
  • The Snowman
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  • Paperback: Oct 04 2012
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Fungus the Bogeyman jacket image
  • Fungus the Bogeyman
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  • Paperback: Apr 05 2012
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  • Board book: Jun 07 2012
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The Snowman jacket image
  • The Snowman
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  • Paperback: Sep 05 2013
  • 5 - 8 years
The Snowman: A Puppet Play Book jacket image
  • The Snowman: A Puppet Play Book
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  • Miscellaneous: Oct 03 2013
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  • The Snowman and the Snowdog Board Book
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  • Hardback: Sep 04 2014
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  • Father Christmas
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The Snowman jacket image
  • The Snowman
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  • ePub eBook: Nov 29 2012
  • 3 - 5 years
The Snowman jacket image
  • The Snowman
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  • ePub eBook: Nov 29 2012
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  • The Snowman and The Snowdog
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  • When the Wind Blows
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  • Paperback: Jan 29 2015
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