When the Wind Blows, Paperback
4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


Raymond Briggs' now famous bestselling comic cartoon book depicts the effects of a nuclear attack on an elderly couple in his usual humorous yet macabre way.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780140094190



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Seven out of ten.

When The Wind Blows is a singularly unrelenting satire on the true worth of civil defence in any genuine nuclear holocaust. The two protagonists, naive and trusting 'ordinary' people, follow the instructions to the letter, as though it were the Battle of Britain once again, and die slowly in horror and bewilderment.

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Beautifully drawn, great story of how a simple middle aged British couple tries to survive a nucleair attack. Very touching.

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Reason for Reading: I was posting a review on another site when this book was recommended for me. I'd never heard of it before but since I love apocalyptic books and Brigg's Snowman is a treasured favourite I knew I had to read it..The only reason this book doesn't get a full five star rating from me is that it does show it's age and is a product of its times. This is a sad, despairing, dark book lightened with black humour. It packs quite the punch and at the time it was written during the Cold War, when the Russian threat of Nuclear War was a real threat the book''s impact would have been even more chilling. One must first note that *this is NOT a book for children*. Briggs takes us from just before the announcement that a nuclear bomb is likely to be aimed at Britain to several days after the impact. At the centre is an innocent rural WWII survivor couple who don't understand all of modern day's technologies and still believe in the government taking care of its citizens. They have pamphlets, issued by the government, on how to cope during a nuclear attack and trust in them as they would the word of God, while in reality it's all rather useless and though they survive the bomb they unknowingly waste away from radiation poisoning. Their innocent banter between each other is compelling and heartrending and yet one must also place oneself in the past to the era the book was written in for it to be believable.The book is still relevant today, however. While Russia is not the big threat anymore, there are any number of smaller countries in today's world that have the ability to "push the button" and cause the same scenario of dealing with the fall out. While I think the innocence of this couple no longer exists in today's jaded world, it does make one realize the precious, innocent, beauty of Creation in all its aspects: human, animal and plant. This is a powerful, poetic book. I'm very glad to have discovered it.

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The creator of <i>The Snowman</i> brings us this short graphic novel account of a retired British couple preparing for the apocalypse. Jim has picked up a brochure from the public library on how best to build and stock a shelter, and immediately sets about doing so. His wife is either long-suffering or equally dim; I'm pretty sure it's the latter. Anyway, Jim paints over the windows and builds a makeshift shelter using the doors, as per the library brochure, and together he and his wife stock food in their little shelter, too (after a brief panic that the brochure says to stock peanut butter and they don't have any, because neither of them likes it). Suddenly there's a war on, and Jim's preparations pay off. <br/><br/>Somehow this straddles a line between goofy and sad--you roll your eyes at Jim and Hilda, at their sweet dottiness, but your heart breaks for them when things go down the way they do.<br/><br/>Not something I'd hand to the average teen, but older, more sophisticated readers will appreciate this story, particularly if they grew up with <i>The Snowman</i>. Readalikes: <i>Z for Zachariah</i> (O'Brien) or <i>Barefoot Gen</i> for the aftermath of nuclear war, <i>Gentleman Jim</i> (Briggs) for an earlier story with these characters.

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Harrowing and beautiful. Won't lie, shed a wee tear.

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