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The Tale of Walter the Pencil Man by Ian McMillan

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Ian McMillan and Tony Husband have worked together for many years, most recently on the comedy book Daft Yorkshire Fairy Tales (Dalesman, 2012; ISBN 9781855683105).

Their latest collaboration tells the more sombre story – in six-line rhyming stanzas – of a young lad from a Yorkshire pit village who finds himself caught up in the horrors of the First World War. Surrounded by terrible slaughter, Walter records the things he sees around him with only a pencil and some paper.


Ian McMillan presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3 every Friday night, and regularly appears on BBC Breakfast and BBC2’s Coast. His many books include the Smith/Doorstop pamphlet Ah’ve Soiled Ma Breeks! (2012; ISBN 9781906613808) and the verse autobiography Talking Myself Home (John Murray, 2008; ISBN 9781848540453).
Tony Husband, several times named Cartoonist of the Year, draws ‘The Yobs’ in Private Eye and has worked for theTimes, the Oldie, the Spectator and Punch, among others.

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