Andrew Hinkinson was born in Lancashire, England. His mother had a home birth which is how the family's toy poodle was able to bite the doctor when he turned up after all the messy stuff was over and done with. On his first day at school, left-handed Andrew produced a fairy story for his teacher but she had to use a mirror to read the backwards writing. "The spelling was perfect, though," she said.
Thankfully for all of us, Andrew learned to write the other way round. He was soon drawing comic books with intricate and episodic sci-fi plots, selling them in the school playground for ten pence a copy. In his early teens he got into trouble not only for drawing very rude pictures and selling them to his friends, but for producing his x-rated juvenilia on school paper purloined from the art supplies cupboard.
Andrew moved to London to see the Queen and find Puss in Boots but somehow ended up with a Bachelor's degree in English and Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He lived in London for 13 years and worked as an editor and copywriter. Relocating to a small market town in the Yorkshire Dales, Andrew studied poetry under the tutelage of world-famous poets like Simon Armitage and the UK's first-ever female Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and was awarded an MA in Creative Writing.
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Smashwords book reviews by Andrew Hinkinson
- One Cat
on Nov. 28, 2013
This is a simply amazing, utterly charming story without words. It doesn't need them, everything being conveyed in the beautiful illustrations. The reader is taken on such an incredible emotional journey from joy to grief to bereavement and then joy again. It's no mean feat to achieve all this. It's a book for adults and children alike. I can definitetly recommend it to a global audience, given that there are no language barriers to overcome. I can also see small children enjoying the story, being hugged close by parents or guardians at the sad parts and then feeling happier by the end of the story. It has an educational aspect for small children, helping them learn some things in life that are not easy for us as adults to teach. A wonderful, warm tale. I recommend it without hesitation for its charm and inventiveness and emotional honesty.