When I am in Wells, I often visit the Oxfam shop in town. It has a great selection of second hand books. I found a book called “What is the Truth?” by Ted Hughes, which was a winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and the Signal Poetry Award. The original cover price was £4.95, however, I was so taken by the illustrations in the book, that I paid the asking price of £9.99. (All in a good cause!)
What is the Truth? by Ted Hughes
There are 116 illustrations in this book – each one brilliant in its composition and drawing skills. All of the drawings are in black and white and feature animals from a farm and the wild.
This is a beautiful book and the poems within the story are pure enchantment.
“There’s something eerie about a hare, no matter how stringy and old.
I heard of a hare caught in a snowdrift, brought in under a coat from the cold
Turned by firelight into a tall fine woman who many a strange tale told.
The hare has a powerful whiff with her, even when she’s a pet.
Her back as broad and strong as a dog, and her kick like a bull-calf, yet
Into your dreams she waltzes strung with starlight and music, a marionette.”
Illustrations by R J Lloyd – for What is the Truth?
I love black and white drawings, for me they have a simplicity which belies the skill and effort that goes into producing them. These illustrations are rich in life and atmosphere. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.