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the story, to add to the description, the sense of place to help to paint the world in which the book is set.


The image illustrated is from a long and restless part of the book where the girl is walking. She is small in the landscape, insignificant in the world that is somehow separate from her. She walks alone in search of the castle that lies east of the sun, west of the moon, through hollow lands, and hilly lands, across deserts, through forests, until she finds help. This particular place is a real place, a bed and breakfast on the high hills of Derbyshire, called Stoop Farm, that I stayed in while I was working on the book. A place where midnight hares gather beneath a star bright sky.


I didn’t paint the North Wind. Why? Because I couldn’t. Because he lives in the mind’s eye of every reader who comes to this telling of an ancient tale, and he is whoever and however we would all want him to be. n


East of the Sun, West of Moon (9781847802941) is published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books at £9.99 hbk


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