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Speechless: world history without words

A purely visual, word-free world history, from the Big Bang to Climate Chaos, drawn by Polyp. Order your own copy here.

Speecheless coverSpeechless is a never-previously attempted work of cartoon magic, condensing the whole of world history into a graphic and completely wordless narrative.


Through this very simple, yet intriguing concept, the reader will experience the intensely real but often ignored political and environmental truths of our era. It's funny, poignant and painfully true.

Published in association with New Internationalist and drawn by cartoonist Polyp, this is a celebration of human resistance, ingenuity and bravery in the face of war, greed and environmental pillage. And the full colour cartoon novel contains a hidden internal book - a further distillation of world history into a penetrating parable.


With its clever use of symbolism, the book is a puzzle in itself, and has already proven to be a catalyst for lively debate. It is therefore also very suitable for use in schools.


Format: 230 mm x 210 mm | 128 pages, colour illustrations, paperback


Buy Speechless online here

The graphic novel Speechless costs € 10 (plus postage which varies from where you live). All proceeds will go towards our work in tackling the very injustices the book highlights.


reduced price

To give everyone an opportunity to buy Speechless, we are offering the book at a reduced rate of € 5 (plus € 11 postage) to people who live in a developing country. If you live in one of the countries listed here , please select the 'special reduced rate' option in the drop down menu below or contact us via the online form.

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watch our Speechless animation (2 min)

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Find out more about the book, the author and our friends at New Internationalist

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