Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I shall be in Harrods tomorrow (Thurs 31st Jan) to sign some copies of Winter Wood for them. 4pm.

Feel free to come and make funny faces at me.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Indy review

Here's the Independent review mentioned in my previous post.

It's written by Nicholas Tucker, a man of impeccable taste and judgment, I feel, who now leaps straight to the top of my Christmas card list even though I've never met him and I don't send out Christmas cards anyway.

Indy review

Monday, January 21, 2008

My Uncle Silas

This is an article I had published in the Independent a few days ago. My Uncle Silas

Better still, though, Winter Wood has just been given a wonderful review in the same paper. (Mon 21st Jan) No links available yet, but I'll post one as soon as I can.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Steve Augarde Gallery

Here are some examples of my illustration work. Nowadays I concentrate more or less exclusively on my own books, but, in theory at least, I'm still a gun for hire. Click on the images to make them larger. Remember to back-click in order to avoid navigating away from the site.

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Work in progress. This is a draft design for the cover of X Isle.

UPDATE. For the cover of X Isle we eventually decided to go for a different style altogether: super-realism. Not my area of expertise, and so I bowed out in order to make way for another illustrator. I'm already very glad that I did. I've just seen the cover rough, and it's fabulous. Check out Steve Stone's work. The guy's amazing.

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Interior scraperboard illustrations from 'Winter Wood':

A couple of composites from The Various...

And from Celandine...

Samples of paper engineering. Must get round to photographing a few more...

Sometimes people commission me to add original artwork to their copies of my books. Here's a detail from a book jacket.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Man flu II

Hm. I see from my records that it was just under a year ago that I last had a bout of man flu. I likened it at the time to malaria, and was certainly right to do so because, apart from the terrible symptoms of the disease, there is the same tendency to recur. Mine has flared up again, and I'm reminded of an old chap I once knew who'd been out in Burma during the Second World War. He used to get something very similar to this I remember, although I suspect he might have been exaggerating how poorly he felt.

Some people are like that, I've noticed. They expect tea and sympathy for all their little ills, but are niggardly when it comes to reciprocation. 'Oh come on,' I say, 'You've still got one good leg left. No good hopping around feeling sorry for yourself. Buck up!' And then when it's me who's ill - really properly ill - they can be quite unfeeling and dismissive.

I might have to fall back on my old Dad's remedy at last and drink some whiskey, a thing I never do because I don't like whiskey very much. Now that's a measure of how bad I am.