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.

Publication 17 May 2018. Pre-order now.



12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gaspard the Fox at Cardiff Children's Literary Festival
Cardiff Castle Undercroft, Cardiff
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Gaspard the Fox with Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew
Starlight Stage, The Hay Festival, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye


Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival

2018 is the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival 6th year. The festival runs across two weekends and features over 40 ticketed events, craft sessions and an extensive programme of school events running across city centre venues, including Cardiff Castle, City Hall, National Museum Wales and Cardiff Story.

London Book Fair, Graffeg

London Book Fair 2018

We are back at the London Book Fair this April. Find us at the Wales stand – 5C129. We will be exhibiting alongside Wales Arts International/Arts Council of Wales and a variety of other Welsh publishers.

To book an appointment with us, please email croeso@graffeg.com.