The Blackbird

By Claire Allen

A novel about the Liverpool Blitz and how it resonates for an elderly woman, caring for her husband.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Further Delays: 2021

Effect of School Closures

As you will know, we planned to complete our handmade editions in November 2020. An easily achievable deadline based on previous projects. Unfortunately, successive school closures have compelled us to become de facto teachers and we have had far fewer hours in the studio than normal. Tasks have also been done solo when two hands would have been quicker. We are very sorry for these delays.

Completing Mr. Beethoven must be our top priority (another Unbound project fully funded a couple of months before The Blackbird). Indeed, it is maddeningly close to being completed! Immediately after this we will complete The Blackbird, which will require another month or so (a lot was done before Christmas). But we will make no projection! Simply rest assured that you will receive notification when it is finally en route to you.

Future Projects

Regular collectors will also like to know that, given our experience this time, we have decided to include a tier in future projects where subscribers to handmade editions receive a printed proof of the book when we do. That is: ahead of printing and publication of the paperback edition. That way you can read it before anyone else does, and not have to wait for the hand binding to be completed.  

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