A fascinating and witty account of the life of Tintin, his creator, and the phenomenon that they became.
The little black-and-white cartoon figure of Tintin first appeared in Belgium in 1929 in a Catholic newspaper where his creator, Herge, worked. Harry Thompson looks at the story of Herge, of Tintin and his origins, and beyond to when President de Gaulle could call Tintin 'his only rival'.
Praise for Tintin: Herg? & His Creation - ---
As biographies go, they don't come much more definitive than Harry Thompson's hugely enjoyable account of Tintin - James Delingpole, Sunday Telegraph
Harry Thompson rings all the right bells...a joyous Tintinabulation - Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday
A major biography...witty and sympathetic - Jonathan Sale, Financial Times
Thompson...is motivated by such admiration for Herg? and such affection for Tintin that his pleasure is communicated. I am keen to reread Tintin in the light of what I know now - Nicholas Garland, Daily Telegraph
A delightful portrait...well-organised and well researched...witty, fascinating and just a little mad...it is more or less impossible not to like this book - The European
As a broad, bright Herg?-like brush-stroke, it has genuine appeal - Guardian
The first book in English on Tintin to have an idea in it - The Times
Harry Thompson invented many TV comedy hits such as Have I Got News For You and Da Ali G Show. He was the author of several acclaimed bestsellers, including PETER COOK: A BIOGRAPHY and PENGUINS STOPPED PLAY, as well as a historical novel, THIS THING OF DARKNESS which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He worked as a producer at Talkback TV and in his spare time he ran the infamous cricket team, the Captain Scott XI. Harry Thompson died in 2005.