Ronald Searle has passed away

I’ve found his Illustrated Winespeak a far better tasting guide than any other book out there. The funniest cartoons, like jokes, are grounded in truth, and his illustrations are beautiful, honest reminders not to take ourselves too seriously.

He was captured in Singapore in 1942 and was incarcerated at Changi Jail, and subsequently lived in France for over half-a-century. I now regret not visiting him last year, giving the weak excuse that he was probably too ill to receive guests.

Both the New York Times and Independent have fine obituaries.

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