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The King of the Golden River

John Ruskin, Quentin Blake


A classic fairy tale gloriously illustrated by Quentin Blake

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First published 150 years ago, John Ruskin’s only children’s story is still relevant today, with its message about life, greed and the environment. Readers of any age will respond to young Gluck’s adventures as he succeeds against the wiles of his two evil brothers Hans and Schwartz, and to the drama of mountains and weather, brought to life for the first time in colour in Quentin Blake’s witty and atmospheric illustrations.

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Format: PLC (no jacket) with tipped on plate to front board

Size: 23.5 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 64 pp

Publication date: 7 March 2019

ISBN: 9780500651858

About the Author

John Ruskin was a 19th-century art critic, writer, painter and art collector, and a committed supporter of J.M.W. Turner and the Pre-Raphaelite group. Ruskin married Effie Gray, for whom he originally wrote The King of the Golden River.

Quentin Blake is arguably the UK’s most treasured illustrator and has illustrated over 300 books. Known for his collaborations with esteemed writers including Roald Dahl, John Yeoman, Michael Rosen and Russell Hoban, Blake’s work is universally recognised and adored. Quentin Blake received a knighthood for his services to illustration in 2013 and in 2014 was admitted to the Légion d’honneur in France.