About John Patience & Jane Patience

Some background information about us

John Patience

  • I trained in typography and book design at the Harris College in Preston, Lancashire, UK.
  • Worked briefly as a designer for a couple of publishers in London, England.
  • I did various jobs to earn a living, whilst writing and illustrating my own children's books and trying to get published.
  • My first self-authored illustrated children's book was published in 1980 - The Seasons in Fern Hollow
  • Since then I have had more than 100 titles published in many countries around the world and translated into many languages.
  • I have written, designed and illustrated both "flat" books and pop-up books including doing the paper engineering.
  • You can find out more about my books in my section of this web site.

Patience Design Ltd

The majority of John's books were published in the UK by Peter Haddock Publishing Ltd. of Bridlington, Yorkshire or licensed by them to foreign publishers for translation and publication abroad.

In 2012 Peter Haddock Publishing closed and the rights for the majority of John's books published by Haddocks subsequently reverted to John. As owners of the rights, we are now able to offer licences to publishers around the world.

We have already licensed rights for many of John's titles to publishers in the Russian Federation and People's Republic of China.

If you are a foreign rights buyer or agent, please take a look at our dedicated Foreign Rights web site where you'll find a comprehensive sample of illustrations on display.

Alternatively, please e-mail your enquiry to

Jane Patience

  • I spent the first part of my working life in secretarial and office admin work - I still say that typing was probably the most useful skill I learned!
  • In the 1990s I worked in Desktop Publishing, as a wordprocessor operator and then as a part-time lecturer in ICT working with adult students.
  • I began building websites in 1998 and have built sites for many clients around the UK, specialising in the hospitality industry.
  • In 2006 I stopped taking on new clients to devote more time to my own web site Friendly Places. I also continue to manage, update and revamp web sites for some of my longstanding clients.
  • I am now also increasingly involved in the Foreign Rights Licensing side of our business.

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