Books for adults

How Rude!
Modern manners defined
Anthology

A book about manners seems old-fashioned – frock coats, curtseys and fish knives are not part of people’s lives any more. But what about good manners while driving a car? Or at the cinema? And what about etiquette in the office? How should you behave at the beach or in the gym? In In this collection of essays, various authors explore good and bad manners in our modern world.

illustration cover How Rude

illustration old woman being snipped away by hand

Respect for the old

 

illustration parents with rotor blades

Helicopter parents

 

illustration boy peeing against statue

Are heroes and role models necessary?

 

Man on underground train with megaphone

How to behave on public transport

 

illustration woman with outrageous hat

Hats at the horse races

 

illustration pig eating at table

Modern table manners

 

Dealing with snobby shop assistants

 

The Art of Effective Conversation
By Ulrike Batholomäus

Communication is more than just speaking. In this book on communication skills for business and everyday life, the author explores how we speak to each other – with words and through our behaviours.

Book cover Mosaik Gute Gespraeche

illustration captain

Adventurous alphas

 

illustration man with oyster for head

Introverts

 

illustration flowers coming from mouth

Communicative people

 

Speech bubble steamroller

The lecturing bore

 

Seated body language

 

More seated postures and what they say about you

 

Hand gestures: openness and the controlled right over left hand

 

illustration gestures

Nervous face touching and a calm hand position

 

Take Me Away
The Big Issue Fiction Edition

I admit – not really a book project, but a fantastic example of a very rare species: illustrated fiction for adults. It would be wonderful to see more illustrated books for grown-ups.
Every year, the Big Issue Australia publishes a collection of short fiction. I was asked to illustrate the entire issue, with full page colour illustrations accompanying every story.

Cover Big Issue Fiction edition

illustration man standing in water

Story about a seaside encounter with an Aboriginal man

 

illustration glasses

Six friends have an awkward meeting at a pub

 

illustration flying heart

A story about organ donation and transplants

 

illustration flying man

The flying door-to-door salesman

 

illustration woman cycling on balloon

Unrequited love of a woman for a balloonist

 

illustration hands in bowl

Exploring the past through grandma’s cooking