Preparatory sketch for a panel from the book Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs

Ethel & Ernest is an entertaining and heart-warming story about two people who fall in love, set against the background of immense social change in the mid 20th Century.
The story is based on Raymond Briggs’ award-winning book* about his parents and charts the journey of their relationship over four decades. Its universal appeal comes from exploring big events through the detail of Ethel & Ernest’s lives, and the story of their love will touch the heart of everyone who sees it.
Raymond Briggs is one of the world’s best loved children’s  illustrators, and his 21 books have all been huge successes. His Midas touch extends to the animated adaptations of his work, with five incredibly popular TV Specials and one feature film, which have been distributed throughout the world.
His best known book is The Snowman, which has sold over 3.2 million copies in the UK and internationally. The TV adaptation of The Snowman was nominated for an Oscar® and has sold over 10 million video and DVD units worldwide.

*Ethel and Ernest won the “Best Illustrated Book of the Year” at the 1999 British Book Awards.

For a full list of Raymond’s work visit this British Council website:-

Finished illustration as it appears in the book - P.30