Hansel & Gretel, published by Random Spectacular / by Clive Hicks-Jenkins


Encouraged by St Jude’s founder, Simon Lewin, Clive Hicks-Jenkins has been riffing on the theme of Hansel & Gretel. His livre d’artiste picture book of the tale recently produced by Random Spectacular, Lewin’s publishing imprint at St Jude’s, sees it playfully reinvented into a folk-horror cautionary tale for the 21st century. Family dysfunction, unhealthy appetites and manslaughter are at the heart of a world in which Liquorice Allsorts are deployed as weapons and gingerbread men bite back. George Romero meets the Brothers Grimm.