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Raymond Briggs's, born in London in 1934, writes books that appeal to adults and children alike. One of the most innovative and popular author-illustrators in the world, he has won numerous awards for his work. His Mother Goose Treasury won the Kate Greenaway Medal. His hugely successful strip illustration books include the children's classics, Father Christmas, winner of a second Kate Greenaway Medal and The Snowman which was made into an animated film in 1982.
Briggs' work has achieved critical and popular acclaim. His books have been translated into fifteen languages and adapted into films, plays and TV cartoons.