New Year Honours: Children"s illustrator Quentin Blake who sketched Roald Dahl books celebrates 80th birthday with a knighthood

Children's illustrator Quentin Blake who sketched Roald Dahl books celebrates 80th birthday with a knighthood | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 29 December 2012 Children's author and artist Quentin Blake is best known for illustrating Roald Dahl's books Children's author and artist Quentin Blake, best known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books, will receive a knighthood. Mr Blake said the honour was an excellent present for his recent 80th birthday – but added that many of his fans already assume he is a Sir. He said: ‘The funny thing is that my books are published a lot in France and Germany and I get a lot of letters from people there who think I have got it already, so I suppose this kind of regularises it.

As prices for Damien Hirst"s works plummet, pity the credulous saps who spent fortunes on his tosh

At last, the real shark is exposed: As prices for Damien Hirst’s works plummet, pity the credulous saps who spent fortunes on his tosh PUBLISHED: 00:01 GMT, 28 November 2012 | UPDATED: 11:03 GMT, 28 November 2012 Finally! The market price for Damien Hirst’s art is falling and some of his work is being withdrawn unsold from auctions. While paintings by some of the 20th- century’s great artists such as Picasso and Matisse are still increasing in value despite the financial collapse, Hirst’s prices are down by 30 per cent since their 2008 peak and one in three of his pieces has failed to sell at all.