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About the book
  • Published: 10 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473571686
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse




A poignant reminder of the things in life that truly matter, as told through the adventures of four beloved friends. Created by artist Charlie Mackesy, based on his daily Instagram. For fans of Winnie-the-pooh's Little Book of Wisdom.

"We have a long way to go," sighed the boy.
"Yes but look how far we have come," said the horse.

Charlie Mackesy invites us into the world of the characters he has created and shared on Instagram since 2016. They have existed in his head for far longer than we have known them. In this beautiful tribute to their friendship, Charlie shares the full story of how they first met and their most important life lessons, through his illustrations and moving captions.

The book will include new, never-before-seen, and his most beloved illustrations.

  • Pub date: 10 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473571686
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

About the Author

Charlie Mackesy

Artist Charlie Mackesy has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, ‘The Unity Series’. His first exhibition for the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse was in London in November 2018. Charlie lives in South London with his dog.


Praise for The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

“Pure Joy”

London Evening Standard

“You will not be able to buy a more beautiful book for Christmas for somebody you love”

Chris Evans

“A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart.”

Richard Curtis

“Simply, the world needs Charlie's work right now.”

Miranda Hart

“The world that I am required to inhabit is this one, but the world that I long to inhabit is the one that Charlie Mackesy has created.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“Love, friendship and kindness - this book speaks a universal language of the heart.”

Bear Grylls

“You will not be able to buy a more beautiful book for Christmas for somebody you love.”

Chris Evans


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Q&A
The artist on his inspiration for The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse​.

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