Charlie Mackesy was born during a snowy winter in Northumberland.
He has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, The Unity Series.
He has lived and painted in South Africa, Southern Africa and New Orleans, and co-runs a social enterprise, Mama Buci, in Zambia, which helps families of low and no income to become beekeepers.
His book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller, a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a USA Today bestseller.
He lives in London but is often in Suffolk.