Zeb Soanes, Graffeg, Gaspard the Fox

Zeb Soanes

Zeb Soanes grew-up in the British seaside town of Lowestoft surrounded by animals; at one time he had three dogs, two cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, goldfish and a tortoise named Fred that he was given for his third birthday. Fred is still very much alive (tortoises live a VERY long time).

Zeb now lives in London and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio and Television. He regularly reads the news and The Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4. Zeb is a presenter for the BBC Proms and narrates popular orchestral works for children, including Peter and the Wolf, Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood, The Snowman and Paddington. He was voted Sunday Times readers’ ‘favourite male voice’ on radio.

Zeb is releasing the first in a series of three children’s books in May 2018. The series of picture books will be inspired by Zeb’s encounters with an urban fox, Gaspard, who is reputed to be ‘the handsomest fox in London’ and who appeared at his home with an injured leg. Zeb fed the fox until she recovered and a powerful bond formed between the pair, with Gaspard a regular visitor, appearing at the sound of Zeb’s Brompton bicycle and eventually bringing her cubs to visit. Since then she has become something of a social media star, with her Twitter page quickly gaining nearly 4,000 followers and her reputed taste for cave-aged parmesan attracting the attention of the national media.

Gaspard the Fox, illustrated by award-winning illustrator James Mayhew, will be published 17 May 2018.


Gaspard the Fox, Zeb Soanes, James Mayhew, Graffeg

Gaspard the Fox

Meet Gaspard the Fox as he sets out one summer evening in search of adventure and something to eat. On his travels he meets Peter the cat and Finty the dog, who help him navigate the local canals, boats and people in his hunt for supper.

This charming and humorous picture book celebrates urban foxes and their relationship with the humans and animals they share the city with. It is the first in a series of urban adventures with Gaspard and his friends by broadcaster Zeb Soanes and best-selling illustrator James Mayhew.


Gaspard the Fox, Mask, Zeb Soanes, James Mayhew, Graffeg

Gaspard the Fox Mask

Make your own Gaspard the Fox mask from the acclaimed picture book by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew. Simply pop out the mask, tie on the elastic (supplied) and voilà!



4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gaspard the Fox paperback launch event with Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew
Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge Cambridgeshire
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Gaspard the Fox at Bournville BookFest
Festival Marquee at The Blue Coat School, Birmingham


Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew on BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House with Paddy O’Connell, 20 May 2018

Gaspard the Fox, Zeb Soanes, James Mayhew, FutureBooks, The Bookseller, Awards, graffeg

Gaspard the Fox shortlisted for the FutureBook Campaign of the Year 2018

Welsh independent publisher Graffeg has been shortlisted for The FutureBook Campaign of the Year 2018 for their digital marketing campaign for the picture book Gaspard the Fox by BBC broadcaster, Zeb Soanes and award-winning illustrator James Mayhew.

Edinburgh International Book Festival, graffeg

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is back this August and this year we are delighted to have a number of our brilliant authors holding events.

Gaspard the Fox, Zeb Soanes, James Mayhew, Graffeg

Gaspard the Fox Artwork Competition – Winning Entries

Thank you all for your fabulous entries to the Gaspard the Fox artwork competition. It was really hard to choose, but Zeb and James’s chosen winners are…