Frank Dickens

Eight-time winner
Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain Strip Cartoonist of the Year

Frank William Huline Dickens (born 2 February 1932) was born in Hornsey, London.

Dickens left school at sixteen and began working for his father, a painter-decorator. A self-taught artist, he began working as a cartoonist in 1959 and has since won eight 'Cartoonist of the Year' awards for his Bristow series. In 1971 he made an introduction into stage work and in 1999 adapted Bristow into a six-part series for BBC Radio 4. Dickens has also published twelve children's books and two thrillers. 

Frank Dickens Obituary: The Telegraph | 11  July 2016

Books by Frank Dickens:

Act of Treason
An Interesting Man
A Curl Up and Die Day
Golden Guy
All Change
Calmer Sutra
Cavallo the Pantomime Horse
Duck Billed Messiah
To Be Frank
Three Cheers For the Good Guys
The Stowaways
Jeremy Nutt and the Grypon

Three Cheers for The Good Guys


Dicks is a cycle-racing fanatic, a former rider whose career ended abruptly at the Rome Olympics. His obsession for the sport and openness to events lead him effortlessly into complicated circumstances involving the firing of some vases – the work of Leonardo da Vinci – and a bizarre kidnap plot.

This absorbing mystery proves Frank Dickens to be a natural writer with a mastery of dialogue. The Italian and Sardinian backgrounds are strikingly well realized, while Dicks himself is an original and immensely appealing hero, swept along by a tide of events more fast-moving and dangerous than any cycle race.

‘[Dickens] has created an original and immensely appealing hero’ – Peter Owen