The Tyger Voyage

Here, for readers young and old, is the original Tyger Voyage, fraught with suspense and adventure, molten lava and footloose gypsies. In this charming tale, a gentleman tyger and his son set sail in a rather dubious boat into the unknown.  Together they roam across the seas, through jungles, past ice-covered mountains and erupting volcanoes to be rescued at last by a troupe of gypsies.  Eventually they return in triumph to Victorian England with many an extraordinary tale to tell.

First published in the US by Knopf in 1976, The Tyger Voyage was enthusiastically received both by the press and by readers, topping the Adult Bestseller list for several weeks! In the years since, it has become a much-loved classic. David R. Godine is proud to bring this unusual and luminous tale back into print in a large-format, full-color hardcover edition.

Richard Adams, born in 1920, is well known as the author of Watership Down and Shardik, but The Tyger Voyage is more unusual for being among his few children’s books and is composed in rhyming quatrains. Adams, a best-selling author worldwide, is also a winner of the Carnegie Medal and lives a relatively quiet life in the English countryside.

Nicola Bayley remains one of England’s best-loved artists. The Tyger Voyage, her first book, was published to universal acclaim. Her detailed, meticulous, and beguiling pictures have since been recognized by numerous prizes, and she continues to live in London.

Bayley is a brilliant artist whose pictures glow like medieval manuscripts.
Alison Lurie, The New York Times

Nicola Bayley has created spectacular scenes, exquisitely detailed and enhanced by an inspired use of color.
Publishers Weekly

The Tyger Voyage represents a near-perfect collaboration of writer and artist. In keeping with the 19th-century mood of the story, one should say, “Hip, Hip, Huzza!”
Jerome Cushman, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Richard Adams is the beloved author of classics including Watership Down and The Plague Dogs. He began writing fiction in his spare time while working for the British Civil Service after being discharged from the army. After the breakthrough success of Watership Down, he was able to support his family by writing full-time. Adams has won the two most prestigious British children’s books awards, the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in Whitchurch, England with his wife, Elizabeth.

Nicola Bayley was born in Singapore and earned a degree in illustration at the Royal College of Art. At her degree show, she caught the eye of the publisher Tom Maschler, who commissioned her to illustrate a book of nursery rhymes. She has since illustrated dozens of children’s picture books, most of which involve cats. In fact, Richard Adams wrote The Tyger Voyage specifically to show off Bayley’s talent for painting cats. Her work has won several awards, including Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year from British Book Awards and a nomination for a Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in South London with her husband, son, and cat.