The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse


By Charlie Mackesy

Discover the very special book that has captured the hearts of millions of readers all over the world.

‘A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart’  Richard Curtis.

A book of hope for uncertain times.

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Join Charlie and his four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons. The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online. They’ve also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. Sometimes they even appear on lamp posts, on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt? Here, you will find them together in this book of Charlie’s most-loved drawings, adventuring into the Wild and exploring the thoughts and feelings that unite us all.

Author Biography

Charlie Mackesy is a British artist and illustrator and author. He began his career as a cartoonist for The Spectator, before becoming a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. His award-winning work has featured in books, private collections, galleries and public spaces around the world. He worked with Richard Curtis on the set of Love Actually to create a set of drawings to be auctioned for Comic Relief, and with Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, The Unity Series.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, is an international best seller, published in October 2019. Charlie’s words and illustrations have brought comfort to many. They have been shared online around the world; As well as on t-shirts for Comic Relief, magazine covers, street lamp posts, school classrooms, cafes, women’s safe houses, prisons, hospital wards and as NHS hospital computer screensavers. Charlie also co-runs Mama Buci, a honey social enterprise in Zambia. He lives in London with his dog Barney.


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