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Before this book, there was another one called Words and Pictures which collected Quentin Blake's illustrations from the previous fifty years. That book was published in 2001.

This new book Beyond the Page looks at his work from year 2000 onwards. As the title subtly suggests, it features work that does not just appear in on the page.

While Quentin Blake continues to illustrate books, he also has many projects and many bring his work to places such as galleries, museums, hospitals and other public spaces. That's the focus of this book. He writes in first account of the stories behind these projects.

It's interesting to read and see the other side of him. Many of the illustrations included have his distinctive style, but there are also many drawings that you won't see, especially in children books. There are sketches, work he did for reading campaigns, and even nude drawings, for hospitals.

Since the book focuses on work from 2000 onwards, there's mention of his earlier works only when he has to provide new art for updated editions of books, such as those for Roald Dahl.

So if you want to find out what Quentin Blake has been up to the last ten years, get this book.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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on 28 February 2015
So Excited to get a signed copy of this book by the fabulous Quentin Blake.
Unfortunately, I can not have this book until my birthday, but I did see the cover
when it arrived & it is a beautiful BIG book. Arrived in perfect condition.
I will buy again from this company.
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on 22 April 2013
This is a lovely book which is interesting as well as beautiful to look at (obviously!). To any illustration enthusiast, I would heartily recommend this.
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on 19 January 2013
This book was so much more than I expected!!! It has al lot of interesting information inside and much, much more beautiful drawings then I thought it would be offered. I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone who is a fan of Quentin Blake. 5 Stars!!!
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on 15 October 2013
QBs beautifully packaged, constructed and formatted book is a pleasure to hold, read and contemplate. A book of genius from an irreplaceable character. An inspiration to me as a would be illustrator and a generation of others.
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on 19 January 2013
I got this for my mum who takes a great interest in the works of Quentin Blake's recent works with hospitals and people with mental health problems. This book features a wide range of works dealing with an array of problems faced by people in their lives. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in art that reflects real life problems.
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on 21 October 2013
This is an edition for the serious book collector, do not open it it must be kept pristine. Buy the cheap version, as well, to read to your grand children.
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on 9 February 2013
A beautifully presented book provides a special mixture of
information for the devote and inspiration for the graphic art lover.
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on 11 January 2013
A very interesting book about Mr Blake's later work, richly illustrated. Mr Blake's work is always such fun to look at.
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on 27 December 2012
A beautiful book full of Quentin Blake illustrations an absolute must for any fans of his work. a coffee table delight!
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