Raymond Briggs, The Snowman Author and illustrator Died at 88: His Career and Best Books

Writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs, best known for his 1978 classic The Snowman, died at the age of 88, on 9th August 2022. Take a look at his career and the best books he wrote.


Who was Raymond Briggs?

Raymond Redvers Briggs was an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author. Gained great critical and public acclaim from both adults and children. He is best known in the UK for his wordless book, The Snowman.

Briggs won the British Library Association’s Kate Greenaway Medal in 1966 and 1973 for the best children’s book of the year. It was on a British subject. On his 50th anniversary (1955 to 2005), the committee listed Father Christmas as one of his top ten winning entries They gave a public vote for the nation’s favorite. For his contributions as an illustrator for children, Briggs placed second in 1984 for Hans Christian Andersen Award.

The Snowman author-Early life

Raymond Briggs was born at Wimbledon, London on 18 January 1934. He was a child to Ernest Redvers Briggs (1900–1971), a milkman, and Ethel Bowyer (1895–1971), a former housewife. Also, he was married in 1930.

Born during World War II, he took refuge in Dorset when he was five years old, and his parents visited him regularly. After the war ended in 1945, he moved to Wimbledon.

Raymond Briggs
Raymond Briggs (Credit: ALAMY)

Briggs attended the Rutlish School, then a grammar school. He was interested in drawing cartoons from an early age. From 1949 to 1953 despite his father’s attempts to dissuade him from this unprofitable profession. He attended Wimbledon School of Art and studied painting. Furthermore, Central School of Art to study typography.


From 1953 to 1955 he was drafted into the Royal Signal Corps at Catterick. Furthermore, appointed as a draftsman. He then went on to study painting at the University College. He studied painting at the Slade School of Art in London, graduating in 1957.

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Raymond’s best books of all time

Briggs’ original silent children’s picture book The Snowman came in second in the Library Association’s Kate Greenaway Medal for best children’s illustration of the year by a British author. Over 5.5 million copies are sold now worldwide in various formats.

Raymond Briggs and The Snowman
Raymond Briggs and The Snowman

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, this television adaptation tells the story of a little boy who wakes up after a heavy snowfall and builds a giant snowman that is later magically brought to life. It first aired on Boxing Day 1982 (the year Channel 4 launched) and has aired every Christmas since.

Directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates, the film is wordless. The exception of Howard Blake’s Walking in the Air is a follow-on hit and features Peter in the choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

His books are translated into multiple languages ​​and are adapted into a film, theater, and television animation.

Other Books:

  • Father Christmas
  • When the Wind Blows
  • Ethel and Ernest
  • Fungus the Bogeyman
  • The Man
  • Time For Lights Out
  • The Bear

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