The Granny Alphabet

Tim Walker, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Lawrence Mynott


Artist-photographer Tim Walker has won a cult following for his flamboyant, lavishly staged, and surrealist fashion photography. Now he brings his unique brand of very British fantasia to a subject close to all our hearts: grandmothers.

The first volume of this very special twinset offers a collection of characterful photographs of grannies and the things nearest to each of them, arranged alphabetically and accompanied by short, gently humorous verses by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. The second volume is delightfully populated with Lawrence Mynott’s drawings of lively old ladies. Spirited, stylish, sweet—here are granny archetypes of every stripe. You’ll find Lucinda, whose hat addiction shows no sign of waning, and Kitty, whose knitting skills are second to none. You might even meet the Queen—the most famous British granny of all.

This whimsical vision of a rose-printed, feline-filled arcadia will be irresistible to enthusiasts of photography and contemporary illustration, and anyone touched by its delightful tribute to the grannies we love and admire.


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Tim Walker


Tim Walker’s work appears regularly in fashion magazines including Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. His book Tim Walker: Story Teller was published to critical acclaim in 2012. He lives in London.

Kit Hesketh-Harvey


Kit Hesketh-Harvey is an award-winning performer, composer, writer, and translator. He lives in England.

Lawrence Mynott


Lawrence Mynott is an illustrator, designer and portrait painter. His work has appeared on Penguin book covers and has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London.