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Time for Lights Out Reviews

Time for Lights Out by Raymond Briggs

Time For Lights Out

Raymond Briggs

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1 review

Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 14 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781787331952

In his customary pose as the grumpiest of grumpy old men, Raymond Briggs contemplates old age and death... and doesn't like them much.

4 stars out of 5
Rachel Cooke
13 Nov 2019

" a beloved genius of storytelling and illustration"

Time for Lights Out, in which Raymond Briggs meditates on old age and death, is something of a palimpsest and not only because it has the feeling of a sketchbook, complete with spectral rubbings out. The past will keep poking through. When, for instance, he draws a “buggering bunion” that has developed on his foot, you can’t help but think of Fungus the Bogeyman and his taste for corns and ear wax... Above a quotation from DH Lawrence about how hard it is to die – “Be careful, then, and be gentle about death” – Briggs has drawn two doors on a landing, one closed and the other slightly ajar. Over the second, there falls a shadow: a beloved genius of storytelling and illustration, his hand not quite on its handle, but very close.