J. K. Rowling, author of the award-successful Harry Potter books, announced on Tuesday put online free of charge, in the form of a soap opera, a novel written ten years ago, in order to distract the “children confined”.
Starting on Tuesday and until Friday, June 10, one or more of the 34 chapters of The Ickabog, character name fantasy at the heart of this tale, will be revealed each day on a dedicated website. It deals with the themes “timeless” that are “the truth and the abuse of power”, according to its author.
“Written to be read aloud, The Ickabog is a fairy tale that takes place in an imaginary country, and that has nothing to do with the rest of the work” of J. K. Rowling, is it stated in a press release, which states that it is intended for the “children 7 to 9 years of age but can be enjoyed by the whole family”.
The best-selling author had originally written it over ten years to read to his own children before sleep.
“The idea of The Ickabog came to me while I was still in the process of writing Harry Potter, I wanted to publish it after the end of the series,” said J. K. Rowling on her website. But the British had finally decided to move out of the literature for children for a moment, letting the draft from The Ickabog take the dust “in the attic for a decade”.
Finally, “at a dinner there a few weeks, I have discussed the idea of the move down from the attic and publish it free of charge to children confined”, she explains.
Convinced by “the enthusiasm touching” of his children became teenagers, the author will make it so available to “children confined who need a distraction during this period, strange and difficult as we are going through”.
More translations will also be available “shortly”, said the release. As early as November, the story will be available in format printed book, audio book or e-book. According to the press release, the profits of these sales will be entirely donated to projects to help groups particularly hard hit by the pandemic”.