It was a winter they would tell tales about. A winter that arrived so sudden and sharp, it stuck birds to branches, and caught the rivers in such a frost their spray froze and scattered down like clouded crystals on the stilled water. A winter that came, and never left…
Last week, I headed to Chatham in Kent to see The Way Past Winter be bound. It was as ever a wonderful day, with the lovely Kevin showing Laura and Lucy (from Chicken House), my husband Tom, and me, around the amazing CPI Printing factory.
The Way Past Winter is my most beautifully-designed book yet. Helen Crawford-White has designed all my covers, and this is a hardback with gold foil, a gold ribbon, cloth feel, and stunning endpapers. I really hope you all love the inside as much as I love the outside! I also signed 2000 copies, which was most definitely a team effort.
You can watch the whole process on my Instagram saved stories. Just head to @Kiran_MH
Proofs of my third book for kids have arrived! And they are beautiful. These will be going out to a select list of readers, authors, teachers, reviewers, and of course my mum. They’re also my final chance to spot any typos before the first print run!
It’s always a nerve-wracking time, but I’m quietly very proud of this story. I can’t wait to start hearing what people think. You can pre-order from Waterstones here, Am*zon here, and from Hive – thereby supporting your local bookshop – here.