Here’s a lockdown treat for JK Rowling fans – a lost fairy tale, ...

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Here’s a lockdown treat for JK Rowling fans – a lost fairy tale, for free

The manuscript gathered dust in her attic after she abandoned it. Now she’s releasing it online for everyone

Anita Singh

When JK Rowling threw a 50th birthday with the theme “come as your own private nightmare”, she wore a dress covered in text and explained that she was “a lost manuscript”. Now she has not only dug out that manuscript but announced that she is publishing her first children’s book outside the Harry Potter universe as a gift to young readers during lockdown.

The Ickabog is a fairy tale “about truth and the abuse of power”. The author wrote it for her own children and planned to release it after the final Potter instalment in 2007, but she then abandoned the project and chose to write for adults instead. The story gathered dust in her attic until Rowling brought it down and decided to release it free online in daily instalments.

The story will be published in physical form in November 2020, with royalties going to help groups affected by the Covid-19 crisis...

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