Illustration Series

Welcome to our guest column series "Drawn from Memory: Reflections on the Art of Illustration."

JJ Books has invited well known writers to recall images that have inspired their work, from Brahma to Beardsley and beyond.


Uma Krishnaswami on Nasrin Khosravi

Award winning children's writer, Uma Krishnaswami, describes the challenge of turning art by the late Iranian illustrator, Nasrin Khosravi, into words for her latest picture book.

Writing is a perilous journey, a bit like walking along the edge of a cliff.

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Thrity Umrigar on Vincent Van Gogh

Best selling novelist Thrity Umrigar says she can't forget a famous painting she first saw as a young girl growing up in Bombay.

I don't remember what attracted me first – the image or its title.

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Thrity Umrigar on Vincent Van Gogh- blog

Jamila Gavin on Amanda Hall

In the first in this series, the Whitbread winner, Jamila Gavin, reveals her favourite illustration from her book "Tales from India."

I first came across Amanda Hall’s work years ago when she illustrated a book called “My Favourite Stories”

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Jamila Gavin on Amanda Hall- blog