Charlie Mackesy was born during a very cold snowy winter in Northumberland.

He never went to art school but spent three months in America with a portrait painter where he learned about anatomy and how to deal with bed bugs. He began as a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press before being taken on by galleries.

Charlie’s work features in books, private collections and public spaces, including Highgate Cemetery in London, in hospitals, prisons, churches and university colleges around the UK, and in women’s safe houses around the world.

His journey with the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse has consumed him. He lives in their world a lot of the time and has loved making the book.