the man with the red umbrella

i've been a bit neglectful of this blog of late, i do apologise. i am slowly readying myself for a return to action, but in the mean time here's an odd thing i've just read...

some time ago i picked up this thing called "the man with the red umbrella" by r a brandt in the sadly no-more piece hall bookshop in halifax. it was in the humour section but is more of a... fantastic piece of children's fiction. of sorts. having said that, it's more leonora carrington than anything else. it's creepy, hilarious, charming, baffling and beautiful in equal measure. my favourite bit? the squirrel delighted with his cornflakes; "did you know there are over three hundred and sixty-two cornflakes in here!... think of it!" amazing

here are the best bits of brandt's art...


  1. I was given this amazing book as a child, about 4 years after it was published. It just came through the letterbox one day. Presumably from a neighbour. That copy still exists, but not surprisingly in poor condition. I now have a near perfect one. An absolute delight.

    1. i also have a lovely brandt illustrated edition of "gargantua and pantagruel" - i should scan some of that in some time. it's a gorgeous and strange book though isn't it?


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