She added, “Over time I came to think of The Ickabog as just for my family. The manuscript went up into the attic, where it remained until a few weeks ago. This is the very dusty box I got down from the attic. Opening the box was like opening a time capsule. Most of the story was handwritten, but bits had been typed up. When I put it into some kind of order (I’m not renowned for my filing skills) I had a patchwork first draft.”

While the first chapter of the book describes King Fred and his country Cornucopia as “acres of orchards, fields of shimmering golden wheat, and emerald-green-grass on which pure white dairy cows graze”, the second chapter introduces the story of a monster Ickabog, “which had been passed down by generations of Marshlanders, and spread by word of mouth all the way to Chouxville”.

JK Rowling will release all the chapters by 10th June and it will get published as a complete book in November this year.

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