The Pharos Gate
Nick Bantock, born and raised in England, now lives in Victoria, British Columbia. An acclaimed writer and artist, he is the author of books ranging from fiction to creative inspiration. His art is publicly and privately collected throughout the world.
"There is one moment of great beauty at the end that will be worth the price of admission for any reader who loves these characters....Although the love letter seems to be a vanishing art, these books rejoice in the physicality and longing such letters embody. The books themselves are insistently physical, too, full of envelopes and notes, like wrapped presents on each page...These are enjoyable, lovely books that appeal to incurable romantics and people who like to open mail. How delightful it is to have this new one. Hurrah!"
—Audrey Niffenegger, The Washington Post
"Continues the love story of Griffin and Sabine, inventively told through illustrated postcards and removable letters."
"It is every bit as beautiful as its predecessors; the gorgeous mixture of art styles and stationary, the echoing of a letter or postcard's contents, the delightful tactility of carefully removing a letter from an envelope affixed to the inside of a page and finding different styles of hand-writing in evidence. But more than its preceding volumes, The Pharos Gate addresses letter-writing as a magical act that can bridge worlds, resist the limits of space and time in order to connect one loving heart to another."
“Griffin & Sabine, by the Canada-based British artist Nick Bantock, seemed to have no precedent. It was as marvellous and mysterious as the story it contained. . . .For the reader, opening the envelopes is both a tactile pleasure and a voyeuristic one. The Pharos Gate, which presents itself as “the lost correspondence” between the first trilogy and the much later one, is full of beautiful letters and cards.”
—The Telegraph (UK)