John Patience - about me

  • I trained in typography and book design at the Harris College in Preston, Lancashire, UK.
  • I worked briefly as a designer for a couple of publishers in London, England.
  • I did various jobs to earn a living, whilst writing and illustrating my own children's books and trying to get published.
  • My first self-authored illustrated children's book was published in 1980 - The Seasons in Fern Hollow
  • Since then I have had more than 100 titles published in many countries around the world and translated into many languages.
  • I have written, designed and illustrated both "flat" books and pop-up books including doing the paper engineering.
  • Please use the links under John Patience Books above for more information about and pictures of some of my books.

Please note that we are now re-publishing a lot of my titles, so if you've been looking for an old favourite but you'd prefer to buy a new copy rather than used / second-hand, it might be on our Talewater Press page where you'll find information about available and forthcoming titles.


Buying John Patience Books

Please note that we do not have stocks of any of John's books.

  • You can buy new copies of the ones we are re-publishing on Amazon - see a list here.
  • You can buy used copies of some of them from, or Amazon in other countries. You can also find them on Abebooks and Ebay.

Please note that if you buy through the Amazon links below, we may receive a small commission.

If you don't have any luck there, why not try which lists copies available from many different booksellers worldwide.

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