Charlie Mackesy’s illustrated fable The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse has become a word-of-mouth bestseller, inspiring all who read it to have courage in difficult times, and showing how love and friendship build resilience. Join Charlie Mackesy as he draws his characters live on stage, and explains how saying ‘help’ could be the bravest thing you will ever do. 

This event is part of Life Lessons Festival, a weekend of big talks from big thinkers presented by The Sunday Times, featuring headline events in partnership with Penguin Live.

Life Lessons takes place at The Barbican, London on 15th and 16th February 2020. 

  • Discover the very special book that has captured the hearts of millions of readers all over the world.

    'A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart' Richard Curtis

    A book of hope for uncertain times.

    Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.

    The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online - perhaps you've seen them? They've also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins?

    Here, you will find them together in this book of Charlie's most-loved drawings, adventuring into the Wild and exploring the thoughts and feelings that unite us all.

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