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A Micronaut in the Wide World
A Micronaut in the Wide World

A Micronaut in the Wide World

The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy


184 Pages, 8 x 9.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $60.00 (US $60.00) (CA $72.00)

Publication Date: April 2011

ISBN 9781869404703

Rights: US, CA, UK, EUR, ASIA & ZA

Auckland University Press (Apr 2011)

Price: $60.00


A glimpse into the imagination of New Zealand's Graham Percy

By way of motorbike and hot-air balloon and through sketches and bookshelves, this biography presents the life and works of New Zealand artist, designer, and illustrator Graham Percy. Touching on childhood losses and adult nostalgia, this book showcases Percy’s early design work, vivid children’s book illustrations, and thriving mature art. With documentary photos as well as previously unseen independent sketches, this record is not only a tribute to the beauty of the hand-drawn line but also a stimulating rediscovery of the remarkable artist known for his work on classics such as Aesop’s Fables, Arabian Nights, and The Wind in the Willows.


“This exhibition and book will please and enlighten a wide audience, of all ages and backgrounds.” —Kate de Goldi, author, The 10pm Question

Author Biography

Gregory O'Brien is a writer, a poet, a painter, and a contributing editor to the literary annual, Fulcrum. He is the author of Back and Beyond, A Nest of Singing Birds, and Welcome to the South Seas. He is also the recipient of the New Zealand Post Book Award for Children and Young Adults and the Elsie Locke Award.