The Unwinding

By Jackie Morris

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

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. 


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