Longlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize

When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over – Mandy Ord

Graphic memoir · Brow Books

When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over

About the book

“This is a sweet, soulful book with immense appeal.”

– 2020 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Mandy Ord

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 MeanjinThe AgeVoiceworksThe Australian Rationalist Magazine, The Wheeler Centre website, Trouble MagazineSBS CornerfoldGoing Down SwingingTango, and Inscribe Magazine. In 2018 Mandy illustrated her first book for children, Chalk Boy, written by Margaret Wild.

Further Reading


“Ord-inary concerns revisited”, by  Cefn Ridout in Books | The Australian.

“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.” Brow Books, The Lifted Brow.


Read “Nothing is Ambiguous”: Mandy Ord In Conversation with Ben Hutchings, The Lifted Brow.

Listen to Literary Canon Ball‘s podcast review of When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over.

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