You’ll giggle at this if you grew up in the 1970s or ’80s


Miriam Elia’s satirical take on the old Ladybird books contains genuine laugh-out-loud humour



Miriam Elia
We Go To The Gallery © Miriam Elia
In our rush to get the February print issue out, we missed the launch of a book at stylish local gallery Cob that is still making us smile.

We Go To The Gallery is London-based artist Miriam Elia’s new take on a 1960s Ladybird book. The premise? Peter, Jane and Mummy go to a gallery and learn about “sex, death and contemporary art”. Ahem.

And it’s pretty funny – not to mention a little dark, too – especially if you were brought up in the 70s or 80s and fed a diet of such scrawny hardback tomes (didn’t the spine always peel away too?)

Described in bold colours and “clear and concise English”, the book will, says Elia, “drag families in to the darkest recesses of the collective unconscious, for their broader cultural benefit”.


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Miriam Elia
We Go To The Gallery © Miriam Elia

Indeed. We Go To The Gallery has been self-published by Elia with help from successful Kickstarter campaign. Each image was created with a mixture of watercolour, gouache and digital photographic manipulation, the text written by Miriam Elia and her brother Ezra.

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We Go To The Gallery © Miriam Elia

So who is she? A “multi-disciplinary” artist and Sony Nominated comedy writer, Elia’s first graphic novel, published by Macmillan, was called The Diary of Edward The Hamster 1990-1990, and has apparently sold over 15,000 copies in the UK. Not only that, her satirical work has also appeared all over: The Independent, Hunger Magazine, The Guardian and more.

We Go To The Gallery © Miriam Elia
We Go To The Gallery © Miriam Elia

One to watch? Definitely.

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The limited first edition is for sale at £20 each. To view more pages or buy it, visit Miriam’s website, that of the Cob Gallery, or pop into 205 Royal College Street, open Wed–Sat, 12 – 6pm.

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