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The Gritterman Hardcover – 7 Sep 2017

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books; 01 edition (7 Sept. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184614955X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846149559
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reminiscent of Raymond Briggs. Weeks's delicate, assured drawings evoke chill-reddened skin, old, trusted machinery, deep shadows, blazing cold and solitude in this superbly atmospheric story (Imogen Russell Williams Guardian 'Best New Picture Books')

The Gritterman is unutterably beautiful (Jo Whiley)

In its wistful, feathery melancholia, the book recalls Raymond Briggs at his darkest, but manages to be uplifting all the same (Financial Times)

A touching Raymond Briggs-like story (Donna Ferguson Guardian)

A tender fireside story about an ageing labourer ... A witty, affectionate book ... You feel the story, complete with its soundtrack, would make an enchanting Christmas special on TV, to be repeated every year, in the vein of The Snowman (Evening Standard)

Wry, unexpected, and funny ... A really lovely book (David Gentleman)

[A] poignant picture book, with skilled crayon and wash illustrations ... The story of a working-class hero (Sunday Times)

A beautifully-crafted tale ... An ode to the unsung hero (Hackney Gazette)

A tender fireside story about an ageing labourer ... A witty, affectionate book (Johanna Thomas-Corr Evening Standard)

[The Gritterman] reminds me of those classic books you find super comforting as a child, but seem kind of sad or sinister when you view them through adult eyes. The soundtrack is full of glimmering, atmospheric instrumentals with narrations from Paul Whitehouse, and Orlando's voice sounds beautiful spread over a piano (Daisy Jones Noisey)

A quintessentially British story with a tender, powerful look at ageing (Picture Books Blogger)

Reminiscent of Raymond Briggs, a song for the unsung hero (Bookseller)

From the Back Cover

'Sometimes it feels like I might be the only person awake in the whole country. People might find that a lonely thought. Not me...'

As the rest of the world sleeps, the Gritterman goes out to work. Through the wind and the snow. Through the blue-black hours when time slips away, he grits the paths and the pavements and the roads. For him, a life without gritting is no life at all...

A song for the unsung hero, this is a story about stoicism, dignity and a man leaving behind the work that he loves. It is accompanied by the author's own illustrations.

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