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 and The Silent Unwinding
Signed Unwinding and Signed Silent Unwinding