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Oh Joy! Reads: Griffin & Sabine

I first read the trilogy of Griffin & Sabine in my early teens when the books first released in 1991. I was obsessed with mail art, and Griffin & Sabine was like experiencing mail art through someone else’s correspondence…

I first read the trilogy of Griffin & Sabine in my early teens when the books first were released in 1991. I was obsessed with mail art, and Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock was like experiencing mail art through someone else’s correspondence. I didn’t understand romance in any way back then, but I understood (and loved) letter writing and keeping in touch with friends that way.

Nick Bantock wrote this trilogy about two people that have never met in real life, but find each other through a magical connection. The books are simply their correspondence with one another in the forms of postcards and interactive letters and envelopes where you remove the letter to read. The production of the books is so unique and beautiful. Bantock draws every postcard and handwrites the messages and letters. It’s like no book experience you’ve had before and every detail is so thoughtfully crafted and executed. The story itself is magical and whimsical and leaves you cheering on Griffin and Sabine to find happiness together.

And even all these years later, I have kept them because they are so unique and special. So in my newest installment of Oh Joy! Reads, I’m recommending this amazing trilogy: Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence, Sabine’s Notebook: In Which The Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Continues, and The Golden Mean: In Which The Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Concludes. The 25th anniversary of these books means there has been a reprint! I recommend getting all three – but if you want, just start with the first. I know you’ll be back for the next two ๐Ÿ˜‰

P.S. Bantock currently sells his art on Etsy!

14 comments

  1. I loved these books when I was young! Oh how I wanted to be Sabine! Thank you for reminding me of them and I will find my old copy to reread. โœจ

    1. Yay! I’m so glad that someone else loved these books as much as I did. I hope you find your copy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. These too were a favorite of mine in the nineties. I still have the books on my shelf today. I even contemplated naming my children (a boy and a girl) either name, but was vetoed. I wound up naming my cat Shebeen which was a mix of my love for Sabine and my love of Ireland (an illegal drinking establishment is a shebeen, haha). Thanks for the reminder, this is an escape I need. -Katie

    1. Katie – absolutely love this! Sorry you were vetoed, but love that the cat received the love. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I had totally forgotten about these books but I loved them and had the trilogy in college. What a blast from the past!

  4. All three books are sitting on my bookshelf! What a great reminder to pull them out and appreciate the design and unique bookmaking!

  5. All three books are sitting on my bookshelf! What a great reminder to pull them out and appreciate the design and unique bookmaking!

    1. Love to hear that others liked these books as much as I did. Glad you’re re-reading, they’re so magical!

  6. My sister and I loved these books, too! I bought the whole series back in the ’90s and still have them. I like to look at them every now and then. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. I love connecting with so many people that grew up with and love Griffin and Sabine. Glad to add you and your sister to that list ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I too read these books as a young teenager and actually met a pen pal in the Prodigy chat rooms talking about the books. We wrote each other dozens of letters over a decade, by hand, which I still have. He bought me the last book in the series as a gift – an autographed French version very rare. These books are still a prized possession.

    1. This is an amazing story! I miss pen pals and the anticipation of a letter in the mail. Thank you for sharing – so jealous of your French version!

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