“The Ickabog”, J.K. Rowling’s new novel

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As the summer bestsellers start hitting the bookshops, Rowling is taking advantage of the lifting of lockdown restrictions to publish “The Ickabog”, a tale written more than ten years ago. The book will be available free of charge in several formats on a dedicated website.

On Tuesday evening, J.K. Rowling, to whom we owe the Harry Potter saga, was once again making the news on the web. There was no wizard to be seen in the latest news, instead there was the announcement of the publication of a tale called: “The Ickabog”. This book, contrary to what readers might think, was not written during the lockdown, in fact it was written about ten years ago. The fairy tale, which takes place in an imaginary country, was designed by the author to be read out loud and is intended for the whole family.

The first chapters are already online

Until June 10, those who are interested will be able to discover the 34 chapters of the new series, one by one, free of charge on a dedicated website. A way for the writer to surprise children in lockdown and stimulate their interest in reading. In November, “The Ickabog” will be available as a print book, an audio book and an eBook and the profits will be donated to aid projects helping groups that have been severely affected by the health crisis.

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