Thursday, 28 November 2019
Because children are people too
This is a rare thing these days:
It is the manuscript for The Unwinding, written on a type writer. It also exhists as a digital formatted version for editing now. It began as thoughts, some moved into ink from pen, some straight to keys. Three different machines, two that belonged to my pa, one a new one I bought in Exter and from which I learned about miniscule and majuscule letters.
I see that on the Unbound site The Unwinding comes under the category of 'childrens' book. It isn't. But I guess people like to categorize. Yes, it is a book that some children might like, read, enjoy. But it's just a book for people really. And children are people too, which I guess is what is forgotten sometimes.
Where should it be placed then in a bookshop? In the children's and the adult section. Art? Poetry (not really, just some of the line breaks make it appear on the page like poetry). It's not a novel. It's almost a series of short stories.
In the same way that The Lost Words can find its place in Nature Writing, Art, Childrens and Poetry, The Unwinding is a bookshop nomad. Like The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow, which often gets bought as a children's book because of the paintings ( because aduklts don't have pictures in their books, right?) (wrong).
Review of the book on Amazon confirm this:
There are better reviews.....
I don't mind which section the book lives under. My hope is simply that people, of any and all ages, find peace in the pages, and light.
The Unwinding hardback
- Narrated by Bethany Porter
- Music by The Bookshop Band
- 18 tracks (including two new songs)