Sunday, 13 March 2016

Isabella's Reading Corner: The Griffin & Sabine Books

The Griffin & Sabine Books by Nick Bantock
Published by Chronicle Books

The Griffin & Sabine books are a beautifully illustrated, stunningly packaged series of books. They tell the romantically mysterious story of Griffin Moss and Sabine Strohem through their love letters.

The book begins when Griffin receives a postcard from Sabine claiming she knows much about him, although they have never met. 

Their correspondence continues in the form of postcards and actual envelopes that are pasted into the books, which contain their letters that you are able to open and read yourself. I absolutely love these books – the wonderfully surreal story & the gorgeous artwork.

There are 6 books in total, that are divided into two trilogies – Griffin & Sabine, Sabine’s Notebook, The Golden Mean followed by The Gryphon, Alexandria, The Morning Star. The first book, Griffin & Sabine, was originally published in 1991 and the last, The Morning Star, in 2003.

A final volume in the series is going to be published this month, The Pharos Gate – I am so exited! It has been such a long time since I have read the books that I decided to start rereading them this month in preparation.

If you enjoy strange & fantastic art, then these books are most certainly for you. If you are a dreamer, these books are for you. They are absolutely breathtaking and the imagery and format only add to the amazing story. A gorgeous gift for yourself or anyone you love.

The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy:
Griffin & Sabine
Sabine’s Notebook
The Golden Mean

The Morning Star Trilogy:
The Gryphon
The Morning Star

You can read my original Isabella's Reading Corner post on the Griffin & Sabine books here.


  1. These sound fascinating. I love reading stories told in letter form. And to have the letters there to open--that must really pull in the reader.

    1. They are amazing books, Tina. You really need to see them in person.

  2. I've never heard of these, but they sound wonderfully intriguing! On my list! Thank you so much!