Mandy Ord 



When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over is a quietly enthralling and keenly intimate work about the search for meaning in the everyday, and what it might mean to belong. A record of a year of a life, When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over is an attempt to pin down time, to capture the most beautiful and fleeting moments that we tend to rush past.

This is the story of a person and those that surround her. It’s about ageing, love, and loss, and how we might try to balance work and family and art in this confusing modern world. Funny, sad, and perfectly magnetic, When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over draws you in deep; before you know it you’re caring intensely about the lives into which we are given some precious glimpses.

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FORMAT: Paperback

LENGTH: 376 pp.

ISBN: 9781925704136




Launch of the book!
at Readings Bookstore
on Monday 18th February
at 6:30pm
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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.

Mandy’s passion for the medium of comics has led her to present lectures and workshops to schools, universities, festivals and community groups across Australia and internationally. She has collaborated with theatre companies, writers, musicians, historians and audio units for animations and online content. She is currently working with local youth on a Lavington Library art project and her recent work with local Wiradjuri language experts can be seen on the new NBN Box Trail around Albury, NSW.


“Mandy Ord’s work resonates with all the warmth and intimacy of catching up with an old friend every few years. ... Ord’s nuanced, digressive storytelling and acute, idiosyncratic observations keep the proceedings fresh, teasing out meaning in the mundane and the universal in the commonplace. ... after more than two decades of honing her craft, she has forged her own authentic, unmistakably Australian voice, which is well served by her ability to evoke a vivid, oblique sense of place. ... Ord’s book speaks to our common humanity, how the ordinary moments that bind and define us are as vital as they are fragile — when one person dies, the whole world is over.”
Cefn Ridout, The Australian

“Mandy Ord has again proven why she is one of the most chucklesome, sensitive and freshest visual storytellers in Australia. Unashamedly personal like a letter from a dear friend, Mandy's new book plumbs the depths of the ordinary and finds the universal, all the time with humility, humanity and humour.”
Oslo Davis

“Dogs, coffee, Grandma, work. Naps. The momentousness of everyday life is revealed through this year-long daily diary comic project by the autobiographical comic book genius, Mandy Ord. Her trademark black ink brushwork is recognisable a mile away, and her new book is a tragicomic expressionist vision of the world created by a bemused humanist who is obsessed by The Walking Dead and whose work is an ongoing, dedicated experiment in the mixing of comics and life.”
Bernard Caleo

“Showcasing the author's gift for immersing us in the stuff of life, it takes the comic-book form and works it into a year-long diary of quotidian events, before turning at length into a meditiation on grief that seems to distil a sense of how the little things (and perhaps especially the annoying or ridiculous ones) can make big challenges easier to scale. ... And there's something quintessentially Australian, too, about Ord's work, wrought as it is from one contemporary, inner-urban Australian life, and enlivened by such closely observed familiarities it should have broad appeal.”
Sydney Morning Herald