When I am well into a piece of work I find that listening to an audiobook or talk radio is ideal for me, and the BBC iplayer is an extraordinary resource to explore. I recommend it to any one.
I was going through the archive of Radio 4’s “Great Lives” when I was very pleasantly surprised to see that my late publisher, Sebastian Walker, was Lynn Barber’s choice of a great life.
Sebastian died a good many years ago, but it is true to say that he revolutionised the publishing of Children’s books. It’s telling that both of the programme’s contributors, Lynn Barber and Sebastian‘s sister Mirabel Cecil, both point up the great importance he placed on the work of his illustrators.
I consider myself hugely fortunate that I was one of those illustrators.