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A beautiful new pillow book, from the Kate Greenaway Award winning author Jackie Morris.

“Jackie's work is far more than just flawless wildlife painting. She captures the soul of her creatures - hares, otters, foxes, bears - revealing their true natures, and allowing us a rare glimpse into a world of magic.”

—Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat



The Unwinding is a pillow book, in the ancient tradition of Sei Shonagan, a book to tuck up the sleeve, in a pocket, under a pillow, containing fragments of dreams. Designed to be a portal, a talisman, it invites readers to enter its world, through word and image.



The Unwinding will be between 150 and 200 pages, rich in image, beautifully designed, hardback, with a dust jacket. It is a collection of paintings never before published.

Created over time, drawn first into the pages of sketchbooks, then emerging as large paintings in colour, each image carries many stories, and some of these are told in words to be read aloud or whispered in the head. Fragments of stories, part prose, part poem, catalysts for dreaming.



Unbound is a new way of publishing, one that invites a reader to be a part of the process of production, to follow the creative stages of a book from pitching the book to opening the wings of a book so the words, the images can fly into the mind of the reader. And as part of my work with Unbound they will reprinting my backlist, first by making Song of the Golden Hare available again to bookshops, libraries and readers.


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About the Book

  • 192 pages, full colour
  • 135mm x 170mm
  • Hardback with dust jacket

Jackie Morris is an author and illustrator. She lives in a small house beside the sea in Wales, with cats and dogs for company. She studied illustration at Hereford College of Art and Bath Academy and has illustrated many books, and written some. The Lost Words, co-authored with Robert Macfarlane won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019.

The Unwinding will be a small format pillow book, to keep with you at all times, the design of which will be led by the interplay of the final words and final artwork. Below is a taster of both:

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The Winter Queen and her Fox Lover.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

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This posting is a thank you to all who have taken The Unwinding to 108% funded in three short weeks. You can continue to support the book, by pledging for a copy. I hope to have a publication date soon, and the cover image should be revealed around Chriistmas time. These first editions from Unbound are always special things and everyone who supports can choose to have their name indexed in the back…

A Pillow Book

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

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I've been blogging for years. Maybe before blogs were called blogs? I had a diary on my website, then a cat blog, called WeThreeCats . It was how I practiced writing, or rather, one of the ways.

One day I was emailed by a woman in America who said my writing reminded her of The Pillowbook of Sei Shonagan. I was intrigued. I bought the book and in its pages found such a beautiful thing. It's a thousand…

In the heat of summer, a cold tale.

Friday, 28 June 2019

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The Unwinding is a collection of images and stories worked over years. Many of these I have as high resolution files, the paintings themselves having long ago been sold. Some I have no files for, and so will rework. 

Returning from my travels, having won the Greenaway medal for The Lost Words I found myself to be in great need of unwinding. London was so full, with the ceremony, interviews, meetings…

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Lizzie Clulee
Lizzie Clulee asked:

This sounds likie such a wonderful project! Is there a tentative release date yet?

Jackie Morris
Jackie Morris replied:

I think the release date is planned for late spring 2020, BUT, I might deliver early to fit in with the designer's schedule. The book will be designed by Alison O'Toole, who designed the Lost Words for myself and Robert Macfarlane, and also the cover of The house Without Windows.
Many of the images are already created. I just need to find the stories, the words.

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