Mike Wilks (author)

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Mike Wilks (born 1947, London) is an artist, illustrator and author of nine books including the global bestseller[1] The Ultimate Alphabet (Pavilion Books, 1987),[2] which was a New York Times[3] bestseller and Sunday Times bestseller for 57 weeks with over 750 000 copies sold worldwide[citation needed].

Mike Wilks

Mike Wilks won a scholarship to art school at the age of thirteen. After running his own successful design consultancy for several years, he devoted his time to painting and writing. In 1990, Mike Wilks was the subject of an award-winning documentary on BBC television. His original paintings and drawings, which have a surreal and dreamlike quality with an unsettling undertone, have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as many private collections.

His first novel, Mirrorscape, is a fantasy adventure set in the land of Nem, a parallel world where the bizarre is commonplace and everyday logic is in abeyance. Two more Mirrorscape books have since been published. The three form the Mirrorscape Trilogy. The second book, Mirrorstorm, focuses on Mel, Wren and Ludo (the main characters) and their journey back into the Mirrorscape to save Nem once more- this time they face far greater troubles. The third book, Mirrorshade, published in late 2009, is the last in the trilogy, and is about the same three, but facing worse troubles than ever before.[4]


  • (with Brian Aldiss) Pile: Petals from Saint Klaed's Computer (1979).
  • The Weather Works (1983).
  • (with Sarah Harrison) In Granny's Garden (1980).
  • The Ultimate Alphabet (1986).
  • The Annotated Ultimate Alphabet (1988).
  • The BBC Drawing Course (1990).
  • The Ultimate Noah's Ark (1993).
  • The Ultimate Spot-The-Difference Book (1997). (Called "Metamorphosis" in North America)
  • Mirrorscape (2007)
  • Mirrorstorm (2009)
  • Mirrorshade (2010)

About Mike WilksEdit

  • Mike Wilks: Making His Mark. BBC TV Film (1990. Director: Dick Foster, 30 minutes duration).
  • Mike Wilks: Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations 1977–1997 (published 1997) by Michael Heseltine with an introduction by Sir Tim Rice.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Bestseller list, The Independent, 13 November 1993
  2. ^ Classic Returns Archived 2017-07-07 at the Wayback Machine, Library Journal, August 31, 2015
  3. ^ Books of the Times, New York Times, December 4, 1986
  4. ^ The world inside art, Mirrorscape review by Philip Ardagh, The Guardian, 17 November 2007