Today I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for The Unwinding by Jackie Morris
This book is not meant to be read from cover to cover. It is a book for dreamers. Slight of word, rich of image, its purpose is to ease the soul.
The paintings between these covers were worked in the between times, an unwinding of the soul, when the pressures of work were too much. Dreams and wishes are the inspiration at times like this. Threaded through the curious world of The Unwinding are words, slight and lyrical. Their aim is to set the reader’s mind adrift from the troubles of our times, into peaceful harbours where imagination can stretch, where quiet reflection can bring peace.
The Unwinding is designed to be a companion, a talisman to be turned to again and again and a place of respite from an increasingly frantic and complex world.
There is something very special about receiving a book in the post. It never gets old. Yet on this occasion as soon as I removed this truly stunning book from it’s wrappings, well I was moved to tears – happy tears I hasten to add. There was the most amazing ‘oh wow’ moment. It is so beautiful and just the action of holding it in my hands wielded it’s magic. But then to open the cover and turn page after stunning page. Beautiful, exquisitely detailed illustrations accompanied by elegant, soothing verse. It really is a wonder.
I’ve always believed that books are the very truest of friends. They have often brought me comfort, escape or simply a lesson learned, The Unwinding is the epitome. It is a true comfort: a warm blanket and a crackling fire on a bleak, cold day. It is the soft hug of a loved one, the gentle purr of a cat, the sweet soothing chocolate against a sore throat. It soothes the soul and brings colour and light to the darkest of days.
So you may ask, how does it work? What is it about? Well it is whatever you need it to be. For me it sits beside my bed. I begin and end my day with it there beside me. There is a suggestion by the author how to use the book which I loved, but it will draw you to it when you need it.
What do I need? I hear you ask. An escape, a daydream, a moment. Simply time to ease your busy mind with beautiful stories and imagery that will take your breath away. This is the perfect book for that.
The Unwinding is for absolutely any age and I think will be a beautiful bond between parent or grandparent and child. Read it aloud, share the images and see where the stories take your imagination together.
There are fourteen stories altogether, each written in verse. The author’s talent as both artist and writer is truly something to be admired. My personal favourite story is the very first ‘The Keeper of Lost Dreams’, it sums up the true gift that this book is. A book to keep always, to return to again and again. A book that will become an old friend, always with you in times of need.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to Jackie Morris and the lovely team at Unbound for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review. At this point I’d like to say that yet again Unbound have blown me away with the quality of books they produce. Designer Alison O’Toole has brought us the very best of Jackie Morris’ work and Unbound have binded it together beautifully. It really is a work of art in it’s entirety. It will make the most precious of gifts to a special someone. If you would like to order a copy online then it is available at time of writing at Hive.co.uk.
To find out more about The Unwinding project on Unbound (including a lovely video interview with Jackie.) click here.
To find out more about Unbound and discover exciting other projects to support click here.
About the author
Jackie Morris is an author and illustrator. She studied illustration at Hereford College of Art and Bath Academy and has illustrated many books, and written some. The Lost Words, co-authored with Robert Macfarlane, won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019.
You can follow Jackie on Twitter at @JackieMorrisArt
You can also find out more about Jackie and her work by visiting her website here.
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