Harry Potter author JK Rowling plots fairytale ending to terrible 2020
By The Sunday Post
November 15, 2020, 9:00 am
JK Rowling has said writing The Ickabog during the pandemic gave her a “sense of purpose” as she worried about the impact of coronavirus on families.
The Harry Potter author revealed she was inspired to write her first children’s book in 13 years as she thought “how difficult it was going to be for families with children”.
Speaking to Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2, she agreed 2020 had been a “dreadful year for everyone”.
Discussing the book, a fairytale, she added: “It did give me a particular sense of purpose thinking, ‘This can help, this can do something’, because I’m married to a doctor, which makes you feel very inadequate when there’s a pandemic going on.
“Watching people in my family who are key workers go out there and face it all, simultaneously I was so proud of everyone but I was feeling anxious for them.”
Rowling, who is married to Neil Murray, also revealed she wore a disguise to shop for her wedding dress.
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