Hamish Hamilton, London, 1987.
Hardback picture book; 230 x 311 mm; pictorial glazed boards, complete with coffee stain on the back, with black titles on spine; 48 pages. No dust jacket.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is sound. There is some tanning of the spine. The recto of the front free endpaper is annotated in black ink “Kate May ‘87” which is also visible on the verso.
Raymond Briggs (born 1934) is an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children. The content of this book suggests it is probably aimed at an adult readership. Wally, the anti-hero, has problems with his hair, his relationships, his food, his anatomy, and his underwear. Briggs' illustrations show him to be
short-sighted, spotty, hairy, smelly, infected, unfortunate, incapable, ill, and always - without exception - unlucky.