Dear Vincent


This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2024.

ISBN: 9780500653388 Category:

Michael Bird


An exploration of the art and life of Vincent Van Gogh through the touching letters he exchanged with his brother Theo.

Vincent is fed up with life in the grey city, but things are about to change! With the support of his loving brother Theo, Vincent sets off on a journey to the ‘Sunny South’. There he will discover new and inspiring places and make new friends. But will he be able to paint the picture of his dreams?

A heart-warming snapshot of a happy and creative period in Van Gogh’s life, this story focuses on the bond between two brothers, and how Theo’s support and encouragement helped Vincent to reach his full artistic potential.

Written by Michael Bird and illustrated by painter Ella Beech, this book will immerse young readers in Vincent’s world and reveal his unique perspective as an artist.

Additional information

Weight 612 g
Dimensions 28.4 x 29.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 29 August 2024
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Ella Beech
Dimensions 28.4 x 29.2 cm
Weight 612 g


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Michael Bird is a writer, broadcaster and curator. He is the author of the bestselling children's history of art Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories and his books for adults include This is Tomorrow: Twentieth Century Britain and its Artists, Artists' Letters: Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney, and 100 Ideas that Changed Art. Ella Beech is an artist and illustrator based in Cambridge, UK. She has a Masters in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, was runner up in the Picture Hooks Competition 2021 and a finalist in the Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrator's Exhibition. Ella has worked as a designer and art director in children's publishing, and has a degree in Fine Art Painting from the Winchester School of Art.