"The pen is mightier than the sword" Edward Bulwer-Lytton

About the book

Top artists have partnered with Amnesty to create a beautifully illustrated notebook that celebrates our right to freedom of expression.

Full of inspiring quotes and pictures, the notebook has plenty of empty space for you to express yourself with your own drawings, musings, to-do lists and doodles. It’s a great gift for anyone and everyone.

Artists who have created work for this book include previous Children’s Laureates Sir Quentin Blake and Chris Riddell, Turner Prize-winner David Shrigley, Lord of the Rings artist Alan Lee, social activist and street artist Stik and best-selling journal author Meera Lee Patel.

They have based their art on pivotal quotes from some of the most important thinkers, writers and activists ever, including Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi, Bob Marley and Harper Lee. Full list of contributors below.

With an afterword by fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood.

Published by Michael O’Mara Books, 14 September 2017. All royalties to Amnesty.


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Pictures by:

Quentin Blake, David Broadbent, Mia Charro, Christopher Corr, Eleanor Crow, Andrea D’Aquino, Owen Davey, Shane W Evans, William Grill, Natalie Hughes, Tony Husband, Frances Ives, Jean Jullien, Raouf Karray, Alan Lee, Poonam Mistry, Keith Negley, Meera Lee Patel, Ashley Le Quere, Chris Riddell, Imogen Rockley, Hannah Rollings, Christopher David Ryan, Rob Ryan, Eleanor Shakespeare, David Shrigley, Sydney Smith, Lizzy Stewart, Stik, Ellen Surrey, Wen Dee Tan, Decue Wu.

Words by:

Charlotte Brontë, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lewis Carroll, Fukuda Chiyo-ni, Merle Collins, Ali Ferzat, Mahatma Gandhi, Evelyn Beatrice Hall, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Langston Hughes, Robert G Ingersoll, Lyndon B Johnson, Franz Kafka, Martin Luther King Jr, DH Lawrence, Harper Lee, Rosa Luxemburg, Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley, Martin Niemöller, George Orwell, JK Rowling, Rūmī, William Shakespeare, Desmond Tutu, Mark Twain, Earl Warren, Vivienne Westwood, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Malala Yousafzai