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JK Rowling announces new children’s book, The Ickabog

7/08/2020 1:53 PM
JK Rowling announces new children’s book, The Ickabog

JK Rowling is set to publish a new children’s book this year, and has decided to make it free online before the hard copy is released, aiming to give children in lockdown something to read.

The Ickabog is a fairy tale about ‘the truth and the abuse of power,’ Rowling has said. It will be released on her website in instalments over a 34-day period, and is currently up to Chapter 10.

The story will then be published as a book, e-book and audiobook in November, with Rowling giving royalties to projects assisting groups affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rowling has said that the story of The Ickabogcame to her ‘over a decade ago’.

She has stressed that it ‘isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now.’

‘These themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country,’ Rowling said.

Rowling has had the story half-written for years now, which she began in fits and starts in between writing her famous Harry Potter series.

With plans to return to it once the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, had been released, Rowling instead turned to adult fiction for a while.

She instead wrote The Casual Vacancy and ‘The Strike Series’, which consisted of The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil and Lethal White, which were published under the name Robert Galbraith.

However, she reportedly decided a few weeks ago that she would publish the story for free for children in lockdown, and recovered the drafts from her attic.

And to keep children completely involved, Rowling is asking children to send in illustrations for each chapter of The Ickabog, with the best ones promised to be included in print editions of the book, which will be released in November.

You can read The Ickabog here!