• Yismake Worku (translated by Bethlehem Attfield)

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A Special Message from Henningham Family Press

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Henningham Family Press are delighted to announce the crowdfunding has begun for two new novels from Paul Griffiths (author of Mr. Beethoven and The Tomb Guardians)! 


First up is a 15th anniversary edition of his seminal novel, 'let me tell you', where Ophelia tells her own story, but is limited to the vocabulary Shakespeare gives to her in Hamlet. It is a subtle limit, but it expresses…

To The Presses!

Monday, 28 February 2022

Dear subscribers,

We are pleased to confirm that The Lost Spell has been approved at the printers and our hand-printed covers have been received.

There is one final delay, which is a UK paper shortage due to trade barriers at Calais. We bought the last 140 sheets of the cover paper in the UK! Now the pages themselves are in a three week queue...

So we should have paperback books to send you…

Typesetting complete

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

The Lost Spell has now been typeset. Below is a sneak preview of a couple of pages, including one illustration. I have done three illustrations to accompany the text.

All that remains for us to do is:

  1. finalise the cover drawings and print them with our new local supplier.
  2. print the proofread text with Short Run Press.

We're a couple of months behind schedule, thank you for your patience…

Asymptote Podcast

Friday, 8 October 2021

While editing of The Lost Spell continues, Bethlehem Attfield is a guest on the Asymptote Podcast.

I've spent the day just outside Yirgalem in the form of a dog. A dog who lacks the power of speech, yet likes to dawdle, correcting spelling misakes on the shopfronts.

Meanwhile, Bethlehem Attfield has something more important to say. As a guest on the Asymptote podcast, she has been advocating…


Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for your support of The Lost Spell, a hotly anticipated book! 200 copies of the book have been preordered by bookshops already, and interest has been building among publishers and translators on social media. 

Yesterday we conducted a deep clean of our studio in anticipation of an Autumn that will see us complete The Lost Spell and half a dozen handmade editions. You may have…

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Publication date: August 2021
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