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Book review: In the Theatre of the Imagination by Ghislaine Kenyon

Bloomsbury, £25Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake’s unique visual language—those swift, scratchy lines and ink blots that magically capture personality in just a few strokes —will forever be associated with Roald Dahl’s stories and characters. When we think of Dahl’s Matilda, we inevitably think of Blake’s illustration of a long-haired little girl perched atop a pile of books; we see her directly through Blake’s eyes and imagination.

This warm and intimate study of Blake’s work looks well beyond his most famous commissions (not just Dahl, but illustrations for Joan Aiken, Dr Seuss and, most recently,…

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