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  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir, Humour
Hardback Published on: 10/10/2019
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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Heartwarmingly beautiful
This delicately illustrated tale shows that love towards yourself and others is the only thing that truly matters in our hectic world. I didn't want to put... READ MORE
Nia Chant
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Every Page Is A Hug You'll Want To Frame!
From the beginning I knew I would love this book. Simply illustrated & written ink straight from pot to nib this is an exquisite gift of a book. Boy starts... READ MORE
Nicole @hemelwstones
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Heaven in a book
Oh my goodness, I couldn't put this book down. It was beautiful inside and out from the illustrations to the story line. I loved that you could just pick i... READ MORE
Sophie
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Wonderful
This book warmed every bone in my body. A beautifully told tale of friendship and unconditional love. The illustrations are delicate and emotional. I don't... READ MORE
Lauren
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
At home
The gorgeous illustrations, the simple story and the amazing friendship between four very different creatures feel like home!
Lyubie
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
STUNNING!
This book needs all the stars! This is genuinely the most beautiful book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Every single page, every word, every stun... READ MORE
Emma Smith at Bedford
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
My heart
Beautiful, honest and it filled me with hope. I had tears rolling down my cheeks by the end. This is something I will dip into for a long time to come, whe... READ MORE
Angie at Blackpool
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A truly beautiful book both inside and out!
Such a beautifully presented book that it's an asset to any home just for the pure pleasure of looking at it, but to open it's cover and read the pages cre... READ MORE
Vanessa at Doncaster
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A beautiful story of kindness, friendship & love.
A beautiful story of kindness, friendship & love. A spiritual message. Four beings from different walks of life coming together to help each other and disc... READ MORE
Jodie
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Stunning
A deserved book of the year, perhaps book of the decade. Traditional but new, a heartwarming story and you could frame every page for your wall.
Sam Morcom
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A must-read.
This is the most beautiful book in the whole world. I have read it once or twice a year since I bought it when it was released and every time I find a ... READ MORE
Aurora at Brent Cross
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Lovely and moving with gorgeous illustrations!
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse is absolutely lovely. Heart-warming and beautiful, and I shed a few tears while reading. I'll certainly cherish it... READ MORE
Henna
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A literary hug
This really is a book for our times. I bought it for a few friends and family at Christmas and am still buying copies for gifts - it gets more and more rel... READ MORE
Helen - Durham

Synopsis

Winner of the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year 2020

Soothing balm for the soul in these turbulent, polarised times, former Spectator cartoonist Charlie Mackesy's tender illustrations have already become an online phenomenon. Now, his finest artwork has been gathered together in this beautifully produced volume, a book to treasure forever and a permanent reminder of the need for compassion and love in a world suffused with ignorance and hatred.

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse are four friends who share a deep, unshakable bond. Through a series of brief but profound conversations, Mackesy teases universal truths and rich wisdom from the mouths of his characters, celebrating warmth and empathy in all its myriad forms. Exploring kindness through exquisite, sensitive artwork and delicate calligraphy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a moving study in friendship and the perfect gift for those people that you hold closest to your heart.

  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529105100
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Weight: 540g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 174 x 24 mm

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Possibly the most important book of the year!
It’s so rare to come across a book that both takes your breath away and leaves you feeling better about the world but this is one such book. Funny, warm, p... READ MORE
JONATHAN SELF
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Just a delight; exceeds all expectations in a dippable loveliness of inspiration. Well done Charlie!
Amanda Hirst
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Unexpectedly profound
Anyone glancing at this book from the outside cover alone may dismiss it as a nice picture story, something to browse gently while waiting for something mo... READ MORE
Dave Leaf
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Heartwarming !
This book made me cry .... it is beautiful !
christina howe
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Food for the soul
Heart breaking, courage building, smile making, thought provoking, hope creating, strength giving and breath taking - this is a beautiful title, an instant... READ MORE
H Rose
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A modern classic
I bought this for my grandson who is too young for it now but I predict this will become a classic. Beautiful brush and pen illustrations of a simple but n... READ MORE
Caroline Lewis
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A book everyone needs in their life
Such a gorgeous book. The words and sentiments are inspirational and the hand-drawn images and calligraphy are incredibly beautiful. I want to buy this boo... READ MORE
Jezabell Girl & Friends
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Fabulous book in so many ways.
A book to dip into or get lost in. Beautifully written and illustrated. A story of deep friendship exploring the bonds between the characters. My 'go to' b... READ MORE
Bridget Deans
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Beautifully heart warming
A book to keep for a life time of smiles and rainy day cheer ups
Freya Horton
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Uplifting
A beautiful, positive thinking book. Showing that everyone has value, everyone is capable of loving and being loved. Really heart warming.
Tooflour
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
After falling in love with this book I immediately bought another as a gift.
Each beautifully illustrated page provides a small slice of calm in a chaotic world to offer you a hug, whether you felt like you needed one or not. As thi... READ MORE
Wendy
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Absolutely adore this book
I love the little sayings, the exquisite drawings, the occasional colour washes and the whole feel of this book. Lots of dipping in and out and reading exc... READ MORE
Catriona Graham
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
More than Special
Such tenderness and beauty, both in the simple narrative and exquisite drawings. I have bought two copies so far but have given them away to special peopl... READ MORE
Gillie Davies
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Such a delightful book
I am so pleased I purchased this book, I have actually now purchased 3 of them, for people very dear to me. It is so delightful, meaningful and the illustr... READ MORE
Julie Render
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A book for everyone
This book is beautiful- makes a great gift and is a lovely daily companion.
Penny Sturt
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Gentle read
Lovely book, beautifully written and so comforting in today’s world.
Daniel McColgan
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
More than just a book.
Every morning I wake up and open one page. In many ways it feels like it is just what I need to read to get me started. Whatever your age this book is a mu... READ MORE
Hope
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A hug in book form
I absolutely adore this book! The illustrations are divine, such simple strokes from a pen that can create something so incredibly wonderful. Each page you... READ MORE
Dawn Hall
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.
I love this book. Every time I buy a copy to give away as a present, I end up reading it again (which takes all of ten minutes, until you stop to apprecia... READ MORE
Felicity Hutton
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A Book for our Times
I bought three of these, one for each of my sons and their families. They all love the book. The illustrations are delightful and the sayings make you sm... READ MORE
Elizabeth Cook
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
this delightful book is my world, the centre of everything and there is in this unique and authentic voice - grace in being willing to know and hear ... READ MORE
Andree Raymont
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A must read for all
I love this book. It speaks to all ages and the illustrations are beautiful. I have this book at my bedside, it is my go to in times of fear, worry and sa... READ MORE
Nicola Molloy
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A lovely, sad, happy, heartening whimsy
The illustrations are superb and the words are just so true to what people really feel, as opposed yo what they actually say. I think this is much more of... READ MORE
Lindsay Southcombe
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Book for all ages
I bought this book for my partner who happened to be 78 in june, he absolutely loved it I have also read it and find it is a book of life it is a very g... READ MORE
joanne hales
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A perfect gift for a book lover
I bought this book as a gift for my sister. We are both intense book lovers and although we both make use of e readers, we both delight in holding and rea... READ MORE
Elizabeth Noblett
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Beautiful Book
Purchased this for one of my friends. It is such a beautiful book, gorgeous pictures and wonderful and such meaningful words. Everyone should read this won... READ MORE
Dorf
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Every home should have a copy
This beautiful book filled with love and kindness should be on every bookshelf or on every coffee table in every home. I've bought a copy for every person ... READ MORE
Han
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Simply beautiful
A modern day Winnie the Pooh! Beautiful simplicity within the prose and the delicate drawings.
Kim
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse
This is a beautiful, supportive and deeply moving book. A lovely (and loving) gift across a very broad age range.. The illustrations are stunning and perfe... READ MORE
Evelyn Page-Chestney
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Love this book!
This is an amazing book! I got it for Christmas and read it in one night - I couldn’t put it down. Lovely illustrations to emphasise the meaning of the boo... READ MORE
Katie Bentley
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Simply Lovely
Lovely little book, a simple and universal message with exquisite drawings and graphics. If you love someone, buy them this!
Catriona Hoolahan
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Truly Wonderful
This book is beautifully crafted. It does not reference today’s world and nor does it need to. The book tells the journey of the four characters (The Boy, ... READ MORE
David Jones
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A Beautiful Gift to the Soul!
Marvellous gift I gave to myself for Christmas! Thank you Charlie Mackesy!
Mariella Balbi Barbis
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Makes your heart happy
Beautifully illustrated. Simply written. Impossible to not return to again and again. A very simple story about the importance of kindness to yourself, to ... READ MORE
Vicky Connor
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Delightful
I bought this book for my 7 year old granddaughter and we loved it. It s funny, thoughtful and wonderful to read with a child, and the drawings inspired my... READ MORE
David Boardman
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Truly inspirational book with beautiful illustrations
Beautifully illustrated and written inspirational book. It shows us that all that matters and that is important in this busy, hectic life that we live, i... READ MORE
Kay Doak
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Beautiful
Just beautiful
Maria Ruiz de Velasco
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Beautiful book with great mesages. Would Recommend reading with parent
Got it as a present for 9 year old but both myself and husband read and loved it. It's got some great messages with deep meanings, and due to this very ... READ MORE
Memona Anwar
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Beautiful book
Bought it for my daughter, but this book is so beautiful and universal that it is perfect present for adults too. Absolutely fantastic, everyone should hav... READ MORE
Martina Holukova
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
What a surprise
This must be the most wonderful How To Live Your Life ever written! A 10-minute read, simple but to the point, filled me with a lot of good energy and moti... READ MORE
Oliwia Chaladaj
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
uplifting
An utterly delightful book. It has glorious illustrations which are reminiscent of EH Shepherd in their delicacy and they way they capture and convey feel... READ MORE
Sarah Douglas
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Refreshing
I loved this book from the moment I opened it. I did not know the writer, but am an instant fan. The writing and drawings are fabulous. The observations a... READ MORE
David Baker
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
One to pass on to grandchildren
Beautiful illustrations and positive messages simply but perfectly expressed
Janice Sagar
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Best book I’ve got on my shelf
This book was truly stunning. The drawing were absolutely gorgeous they were really interesting. Each phrase had it own deep meaning. To me some of it touc... READ MORE
Nicola Shaw
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse
I read this book somewhere else and found it a complete rip off. For someone of my age, brought up on Winnie the Pooh, it steals so many of the themes and... READ MORE
katharine Ignatieff
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Brilliant, brilliant book
Book of the Year! Fantastic book! Keeping our spirits up at this time. Thank you Charlie!
Deborah Castle
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
This is undoubtedly one of the most life-affirming and uplifting books I have ever read!
During this time of global fear, heartbreak & uncertainty, an absolute ‘must read’... I wept the first time I read it as almost every page spoke directly t... READ MORE
Louise Venter
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The most extraordinary book
Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written.
Niousha AKE
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Absolutely brilliant
This book is one of my and my family’s favourites. It is so beautifully written and illustrated. I sincerely thank Charlie for allowing us to use a page of... READ MORE
Caroline Malone
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Beautiful book
Such a thought provoking and beautifully drawn book. It’s at the side of my bed all the time ready to pick up and read again
Leanne  DRURY
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Be great to review this book if Waterstones ever deliver it.
I bought this book for my daughter on the 8th April and it still has not been delivered, Waterstones have ignored my emails. This is extremely poor custome... READ MORE
Tim Walder
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
My new favourite book
The past year has been exceptionally difficult for me, my sister sent me this book as a surprise and well what a surprise it was. This book is witty, funny... READ MORE
Edward Jones
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Every home should have this book
This is such a beautiful book. The sort of book that just picking it up and having it in your hands is a joy.
Rosy Dickinson
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Wonderful
Wonderful book. So soothing, wise and beautiful. The art and the text are both amazing. I love this book so much. Perfect for self care. Many of my friends... READ MORE
Marie White
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Spellbinding and wonderful
Superbly written, amazing illustrations. Love it
NIGEL DEAN
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Read this book!
One of the most fascinating books of recent times, with a nugget of meaning to reflect on on every page. Wonderful illustrations that make this one of the... READ MORE
Josie Walter
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
what a beautiful book. One to read all through in one sitting, or read one page at a time. One to read slowly to children and to savour as adults. Gorgeous... READ MORE
Beatrice Greenfield
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Just beautiful
Quite frankly, this is one of the most beautiful discoveries of my life! If I had enough money I’d buy one for everyone I know. How can something so simple... READ MORE
Fiona Taylor
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, the Fox, the Mole and the Horse
I would read a couple of pages to my 2 and a half grandson at a time, so beautifully written. I ordered another one for his friend whose daddy passed away,... READ MORE
Panayiota  Neocleous
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Wonderful
This book just spoke to me. I felt I understood its deeper message straightaway. I've bought it as a gift four times now and will continue to buy it for f... READ MORE
Johanne Tilly
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A lovely heartwarming story for children and adults
I read this book , then my dad , mum and now grandad have read it and we all loved it for its simple tale of kindness and friendship. All of us had happy t... READ MORE
David Waite
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Reservations
I was disappointed with this book as I intended it as a present for a grandchild but found the script/handwritten text almost inaccessible. I found it diff... READ MORE
Jean Gillhespy
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A must have for your bookshelf1
I originally bought this for a friend, dipped into it myself and was hooked! I have since got my own and bought several more for other friends and family. ... READ MORE
MIFF
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
delightful discovery
Thoroughly enjoyed discovering this book. It is one to cherish and revisit and pass on to others.
Dawn Tickner
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
An uplifting book
Such a beautiful book - left me feeling so uplifted. Something to dip into when feeling a bit donw.
Janice Smith
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Perfect..
Such a gentle, poignant and heart touching book. Perfect on every level. I bought two copies, one for my husband who adores the drawings and one for my mum... READ MORE
Kate Osman
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Wonderful
Wonderful and uplifting book
Alison Grottrup
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The boy the mole etc
A beautiful book to give one a sense of perspective and humility in life...... Very calming....... Beatifully illustrated..... If my 2 year old grandson co... READ MORE
Colin  Keyser
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
the perfect gift for someone who needs to feel valued.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse is a book of words and pictures by British cartoonist and illustrator, Charlie Mackesy. The title explains the sub... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
If you buy only one book this year please buy this
A truly beautiful book
Helena Mears
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The perfect gift
I received this book as a gift and it was possibly one of the most thoughtful beautiful gifts I have ever received. Once you start reading there is no stop... READ MORE
Caroline Johns
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A beautiful book in every way
This is a Book to treasure, my best book EVER. Will be getting one for each of my Daughters, it says so much I should have and still want to say to them. ... READ MORE
Vivienne Maclennan
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Heart warming
I bought a single copy as a gift, and have since bought two further copies as gifts and one for ourselves! Beautiful illustrations, heartwarming tale and c... READ MORE
Ben Robinson
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Beautiful book
A beautiful book. The words are so very special and I’ve sent one to all the people I love and friends that will find the words inspiring.
Nicole Wakefield
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The boy the mole the fox and the horse.
This is such a beautiful book full of heart warming messages. I love it !!
Pamela O’Connell
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Just What Today's World Needs
This beautiful book is on track to be the next Winnie the Pooh style book for people of all ages to fall in love with time and time again. With this book y... READ MORE
Danielle Sewell
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Perfect gift for any age
Such a beautiful book. Would make a perfect gift for any age.
Nadia
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
I have just read this beautiful and moving book 3 weeks after lock down began in the nightmare of Covid.19. I was moved to tears by its message, which cou... READ MORE
Rosina Pritchard
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Lovely book
Great drawings. Slightly philosophical. Very enjoyable
Peter Craig-Wood