Orlando Weeks studied illustration at Brighton University before spending a decade in the band, The Maccabees. In 2016, when the group decided to disband he set about writing his first book.
However, The Gritterman is project soon became far more than just a book. The words and illustrations are tied together by a hauntingly beautiful concept album, narrated by Paul Whitehouse, which you can listen to below.
‘Sometimes it feels like I might be the only person awake in the whole country. People might find that a lonely thought. Not me…’
As the rest of the world sleeps, the Gritterman goes out to work. Through the wind and the snow. Through the blue-black hours when time slips away, he grits the paths and the pavements and the roads. For him, a life without gritting is no life at all…
A song for the unsung hero, this is a story about stoicism, dignity and a man leaving behind the work that he loves. It is accompanied by the author’s own illustrations.
Reminiscent of Raymond Briggs, a song for the unsung hero (Bookseller)
A quintessentially British story with a tender, powerful look at ageing (Picture Books Blogger)
PUBLISHER: Particular Books
PUBLICATION DATE: 7th September 2017