Excerpt: 'When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over' by Mandy Ord

We’re mid-way through the official release week of Mandy Ord’s quietly affecting graphic non-fiction book When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over (did we mention yet how excited we are? Very excited is the answer.) Ord’s work is the latest addition to Brow Books and is just the most poignant, funny and unassuming story of one person’s life.

To celebrate its launch we’re sharing an excerpt from the book, which spans a year in the life of the protagonist and those who surround her. Dive into the first 33 days below.


This above is an excerpt from When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over, published by Brow Books. You can purchase a copy of this book by clicking here or at all good bookstores.

Mandy Ord is a comics artist, a cartoonist, an illustrator, a speaker and teacher of comics, a greengrocer, and a disability support worker. Mandy’s first graphic novel Rooftops was published in 2008, followed by her second book Sensitive Creatures, published in 2011 and which received a White Ravens award at the Bologna Book Fair. Mandy’s comic stories have also been included in a variety of local and international publications, such as Meanjin, The Age, Voiceworks, The Australian Rationalist Magazine, The Wheeler Centre website, Trouble magazine, SBS Cornerfold, Going Down Swinging, Tango, and Inscribe magazine. In 2018 Mandy illustrated her first book for children, Chalk Boy, written by Margaret Wild.