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Ian Beck

Author, Illustrator

About Ian Beck

Ian Beck is best known for his beautifully illustrated picture books. He has illustrated classic fairy tales and nursery stories including THE LITTLE MERMAID by Berlie Doherty along with PUSS IN BOOTS and ALADDIN AND THE ENCHANTED LAMP, both by Philip Pullman. Ian’s own picture book titles include THE TEDDY ROBBER, the LOST IN SNOW quartet, TOM AND THE ISLAND OF DINOSAURS, THE FIRST THIRD WISH and GREY ISLAND RED BOAT.

Ian moved into young fiction with the TOM TRUEHEART trilogy and HIDDEN KINGDOM (OUP) and has written for young adults with titles including PASTWORLD (Bloomsbury), THE HAUNTING OF CHARITY DELAFIELD (Random House) and the bind-up THE CARMODY CASEBOOKS (Penguin Random House) which includes THE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM PILE and THE MIRACULOUS RETURN OF ANNICK GAREL.

Ian has illustrated several titles for Alma Books including THE JUNGLE BOOKS, JUST SO STORIES and WHITE FANG, and also wrote and illustrated THE MAGIC HOUR for Tate Publishing. Ian has also contributed illustrations to ROALD DAHL: MARVELLOUSLY REVOLTING RECIPES (Puffin) and Michael Morpurgo’s TALES OF SHAKESPEARE (HarperCollins).

In the 2020 lockdown, Ian created a collection of more than sixty paintings, mostly in watercolour as a record of a year spent trying to ‘record the beauty around me in the unprepossessing everyday’. The collection, titled THE LIGHT IN SUBURBIA was published by Unbound.