Monday, 9 December 2019
How to launch a book.
I've been longing to talk about the first of these to be arranged, an Unwinding Retreat in Bossington Hall, with Number Seven Dulverton. Bossington Hall is a beautiful place, by the sea in Somerset, and we plan to step out of the chaos of life for a couple of days of peaceful reading, walking, talking and eating. I am intending to bring a teapot or two along, maybe rosehip tea, which is in keeping with Unwinding and also lavender tea, good for dreams, and who knows what other things. There will be stories. I am hoping for clear skies so we can sit in the grounds in the evening and watch the light fall out from the day, but if the weather doesn't play ball the house itself is rather fine. And it is the time of the Hush moon, 7th of the 7th, 2020.
Kennilworth Books are planning an evening in conversation, with painting and an auction to raise money to place books into libraries in Warwickshire. More on that soon. We've not fixed a date yet.
Meanwhile there's still, just, time for you to order signed and dedicated copies of my other books, if you wish, from Solva Woollen Mill. The one most akin to The Unwinding is The Quiet Music of Gentley Falling Snow. It's not a children's book, but is as big as The Lost Words. Described by one reviewer on Amazon as 'miserable', by another as 'beautiful'. These may be the last of the large format editions as there is talk of a small version to come and I know that stockis low. But I am not sure.
Now, I know this series of updates is where I should talk about the progress of The Unwinding, and I hope to do a bit of that tomorrow if Alison sends me anything from the other side of the world where the book is being stitched together in design, BUT, Christmas is coming. And I also know that Charlie Machesy probably doesn't need any more publicity for his new book, but I can't help myself.
You see, The House Without Windows was shortlisted, along with The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, for Waterstones Book of the Year. And The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse won. And it is such a beautiful book. Charlie's line is just so good. He draws like a poet writes, honing everything back so not a line is out of place. And it's a book of such quiet kindness and thoughtfulness.
You can see much more of it on his instagram account. If you know a child who is suffering with anxiety this is a perfect small present to read together, to open up the space where you can talk through problems, difficulties, ideas, or just rest yourself from all the darkness of life.
But it's not a children's book. Like The Lost Words it is just a book that happens to have pictures, and here they are glorious pictures. There's something quite perfect about the book, from the size, design, hand lettering, to the details like the little penguin leaping out of its logo.
Anyway, this post was supposed to be about a book launch. Here's the link again to the date in July in Somerset. It's residential, over two nights. You can book on now, or add yourself to the waiting list should there be cancelations. Hopefully tomorrow or soon I will have something more to show of the progress for the design of The Unwinding and Silently Unwinding. Having painted hard for seven days without a break I'm going to curl up by the fire, if I can find a seat among dogs and cats, and read. I need those times of escape that I find in the pages of books, and I am just entering a time of long ago, trying to hold back an idea for something else, because there's no time to focus on it with the intensity it requires right now, so I need to escape, hide, in a good book.
The Unwinding hardback
- Narrated by Bethany Porter
- Music by The Bookshop Band
- 18 tracks (including two new songs)