The Jackie Morris Book Shelf

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Coming soon 'The Wild Swans', 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' and 'Feather Leaf, Bark & Stone' - join our mailing list to discover more!
Titles currently available, many signed & doodled in!
The Song That Sings Us
HB £14.99 Hardback Gift Edition

Nicola Davies, cover and chapter illustrations by Jackie Morris

Publishing 14th October 2021

Signed copies available to pre-order

From the moment she saw him, the girl knew the bear had come for her. How many times had she dreamed of him? Now, here he was, as if spelled from her dreams.

This encounter marks the beginning of a long and extraordinary journey. At the bear's secret palace in faraway mountains she is treated so courteously, though troubled by the bear's unfathomable sadness. As the bear's secret unravels, another adventure unfolds, which takes her to the homes of the four winds and beyond, to the castle east of the sun, west of the moon.

In this new edition of Jackie Morris's captivating picture book, the acclaimed writer and artist retells this classic Norwegian fairy tale - a mysterious story of love, loyalty and freedom.

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The Wild Swans
HB £16.99
*New edition published 14th October 2021
Signed copies available to pre-order
Copies purchased from Seven Fables will also be stamped with an exclusive illustration by Jackie Morris - more details soon!

A girl loses her beloved brothers when they are turned into swans by her wicked stepmother. She embarks on a vital quest with one purpose: to find them and turn them back into boys again.

But the task is complicated. She must pick nettles with her bare hands and turn them to yarn, to spin and knit into shirts for each of the eleven brothers. And all the while she cannot speak, for if she does, even so much as a whisper, it will be like a knife in the heart of each swan-boy. And so she knits, silent. And where there is silence people will put words.

The Wild Swans is a beautiful and lyrical extended version of the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen in Jackie Morris's enchanting retelling, complete with delicate watercolour paintings throughout this new edition. A story about love and bravery, about how to listen, and about how, when we do not listen, we hear what we wish to hear.

East of the Sun West of the Moon
HB £16.99
*New edition published 14th October 2021
Signed copies available to pre-order
Copies purchased from Seven Fables will also be stamped with an exclusive illustration by Jackie Morris - more details soon!

From the moment she saw him, the girl knew the bear had come for her. How many times had she dreamed of him? Now, here he was, as if spelled from her dreams.

This encounter marks the beginning of a long and extraordinary journey. At the bear's secret palace in faraway mountains she is treated so courteously, though troubled by the bear's unfathomable sadness. As the bear's secret unravels, another adventure unfolds, which takes her to the homes of the four winds and beyond, to the castle east of the sun, west of the moon.

In this new edition of Jackie Morris's captivating picture book, the acclaimed writer and artist retells this classic Norwegian fairy tale - a mysterious story of love, loyalty and freedom.

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The Wild Cards
100 postcards from The Lost Words and The Lost Spells
HB £14.99
*Published 7th October 2021
available to pre-order

Discover and share the wonders of the wild world as seen in The Lost Words and The Lost Spells...


This collection of 100 postcards features artwork and words from two beloved modern classics, in which Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane celebrate the creatures, trees and plants of nearby nature, from Acorn to Wren, by way of Curlew and Kingfisher, Silver Birch and Snow Hare, Goldfinch and Gorse.

The front of each card bears one of Morris' Greenaway Medal-winning paintings; on the reverse, you will find an accompanying quotation from one of the spell-poems in the Lost books, as well as an identification of the species shown on the card. The remaining space is left blank for you to fill in these wild cards with pen, pencil or paint - and then send them out into the world to make and renew connections.

The Lost Spells
HB £14.99

*Special edition exclusive to Seven Fables, stamped with an inky vixen and signed by Jackie Morris

*limited number also available with illustrated bookplate signed by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, and stamped with inky vixen!

AUDIO CD ALSO AVAILABLE £8.99

Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but fresh in its form, The Lost Spells is a pocket-sized treasure that introduces a beautiful new set of natural spell-poems and artwork by beloved creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

As in The Lost Words, these 'spells' take their subjects from relatively commonplace, and yet underappreciated, animals, birds, trees and flowers - from Barn Owl to Red Fox, Grey Seal to Silver Birch, Jay to Jackdaw. But they break out of the triptych format of The Lost Words, finding new shapes, new spaces and new voices with which to conjure.

Written to be read aloud, painted in brushstrokes that call to the forest, field, riverbank and also to the heart, The Lost Spells summons back what is often lost from sight and care, and inspires protection and action on behalf of the natural world. Above all, it celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature's power to amaze, console and bring joy.

 

Praise for The Lost Words:

'Gorgeous to look at and to read.

Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language'

Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

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We have a small selection of original watercolours available for sale that were created while Jackie was working on The Lost Spells but not published in the finished book. The originals featured in the book are not available to purchase and currently there are no plans to produce a range of limited edition prints 
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Song of the Golden Hare
New Edition HB £9.99
Signed first edition

He had been waiting all his life, hoping to hear the hare's song. . .

The boy and his family are special. While others hunt the hares, his family search for leverets orphaned by the hunt and keep them safe. When the hares begin to move across the land, the boy and his sister know that their greatest challenge has begun. They must follow and watch and wait until the time comes for the old queen to leave and her child to reign in her place.

But others are searching for the golden queen of the hares, a hunter with two hounds, one silver, one black. Can two children, on their own, keep the golden queen safe from the man and his hounds?

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The Jackie Morris Book of
Classic Nursery Rhymes
HB £15.00
Signed first edition (bookplate)

Simple, yet magical and mysterious, nursery rhymes are among the treasures of the English language.

Previously published as The Cat and the Fiddle, this new edition reflects the ever-growing appreciation of and demand for Jackie Morris' paintings.

Includes over 4o traditional rhymes and Jackie's new introduction is a spirited defence of their necessity and vitality in a digital world.

Queen of the Sky
Compact A5 Edition £12.99

Signed Edition

Includes a bundle of cards featuring illustrations from the book with each copy purchased (while stocks last)

 

The amazing story of a peregrine falcon rescued from the sea off the remote coast of west Wales. Jackie Morris tells the story of how her friend Ffion Rees nursed the Falcon back to life and back to the wild – it’s about the bond which grew between the two. 

 

Jackie describes the risks, triumphs and above all the trust which developed between the pair and which formed the basis of the falcon’s path to back to health and back to the freedom of the wild. Beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings, sketches and magnificent paintings by Jackie. A must for birdwatchers, art lovers and romantics alike.

“Queen of the Sky is a love letter to all things wild, but also to friendship and to the courage that admits that to attempt to own the wild is to destroy it. Yet wildness is captured and held for the reader to possess in Jackie Morris’ photographs and paintings.” Robin Hobb

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The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow
HB £25.00 limited number of signed copies in stock
Compact Edition published August 2020 £14.99
Signed first edition

A collection of interconnected folk-tale inspired short stories by author, artist and illustrator Jackie Morris. Featuring musically-themed illustrations originally created for the charity Help the Musicians. Described by Jackie Morris as 'a catalyst to imagining'.

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The Unwinding
£14.99 Signed edition (bookplate)
The Unwinding | The Shape of a Bear
£20.00 Signed special edition (bookplate) includes an extra tale printed inside the dust jacket and exquisite endpapers.
published December 2020

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.

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The Silent Unwinding
HB £14.99

This book is a companion to The Unwinding. It contains within images that tell stories, but it reads like a silent film. Each of the images is an invitation to dream. The tales of this silent edition are not pinned to the page by words. Each dreamer will find their own path, perhaps a new one each time they return. The illustrations are intended to inspire: there is space to draw and write, to paint dreams and stories, thoughts and verse, in new worlds, wherever your pen may guide you.

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Mrs Noah's Garden
Signed HB £12.99
First edition
Bookplate signed by James Mayhew & Jackie Morris

Mrs Noah touched the earth. It was warm on her fingertips. She looked all round the Ark. On the south side the slope was less steep. A few shrubs and bushes had clung on, despite the flood. Two yew trees stood, ancient and tall. Yes, thought Mrs Noah. Here.

And so begins the first garden after the great flood – a story of renewal, of working with nature, of hope, humour and a touch of the mysterious magic that underlies life.

The House Without Windows
HB £12.99 *currently out of print
First edition copies, stamped with a silver mountain hare exclusive to Seven Fables and signed by Jackie Morris

This is the irresistible and entirely unique story of one little girl's desire to escape into the wilderness.

Little Eepersip doesn't want to live in a house with doors and windows and a roof, so she runs away to live in the wild - first in the Meadow, then by the Sea, and finally in the Mountain. Her heartbroken parents follow her, bringing her back home to 'safety' and locking her up in the stifling square of the house. But she slips away once more, following her heart into the richness of untrammelled nature and disappearing forever.

First published in 1927 and written by a child of just twelve years old, The House Without Windows is an extraordinary paean to the transcendent beauty of the natural world, and the human capacity to connect with it.

'An enchanting book. These pages simply quiver with the beauty, happiness and vigour of forests, sea and mountains . . . I can safely promise joy to any reader of it. Perfection.'

Eleanor Farjeon

WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL AND THE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON AWARD

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The Secret of the Tattered Shoes
Signed HB £12.99 Signed first edition

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes is a fresh interpretation of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale about twelve princesses who are locked in at night, yet whose dancing shoes are still worn down by morning.A young soldier is tasked to discover their night-time adventures. But unlike the story told by the Brothers Grimm, this soldier seeks a different ending. Jackie’s dark and poetic text updates this well-known tale and shows how stories evolve and adapt over time.

Beautifully illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi, who has created stunning puppet-like illustrations in rich and delicate detail, this unique illustrative style brings the story to life and perfectly encapsulate the beauty and melancholy of the story.

The Lost Words Spell Songs
HB £20.00 with CD
First edition copies, stamped with a little wren exclusive to Seven Fables and signed by Jackie Morris

The Lost Words: Spell Songs is a 112 page book with 14 track CD of new works.

 

'Eight visionary musicians, an astonishing book of magical spells - a chance to sing nature back to life.'

 

The Lost Words: Spell Songs is a new musical companion piece to The Lost Words and features renowned folk artists including Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and Kris Drever. 

 

New 'spells' have been written by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie has created a collection of stunning new illustrations.

 

As you would expect editions purchased from Number Seven Dulverton are just a little extra special as they are stamped with our little jenny wren that Jackie drew for us when The Lost Words was first published.

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The Lost Words
winner of the The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
HB £20.00 Signed by Jackie Morris

Copies of The Lost Words purchased at Seven Fables are rather extra special as they are stamped with a little golden wren and Robert Macfarlane's charm entitled 'Heartwood.' 

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. These are the words of the natural world - Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children's minds.

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

Copies of The Lost Words purchased at Seven Fables are rather extra special as they are stamped with a little golden wren and Robert Macfarlane's charm entitled 'Heartwood.' 

Also available 

The Lost Words Audio CD
£8.99

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems
HB £14.99 Signed copies in stock

An all time Seven Fables' favourite!

Introduced by Carol Ann Duffy, these poems create an exquisite collection that traces our journey through life from birth to old age. Along the way, the works of some of the finest poets in the English language celebrate all kinds of human experience: the wide-eyed wonder and adventure of childhood, the magnificence of the natural world and the animal kingdom, the mystery of love and the tragedy of war. Each page is superbly illustrated by Jackie Morris, making it a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

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Tell Me a Dragon
HB £20.00 signed copies in stock
HB £25.00 artist edition signed & numbered *sorry currently out of stock

Dragons come in every shape and size. In lyrical words and breathtakjing pictures, children describe their dragons – and in a final gathering of fire, scales and claws you can imagine your own special dragon.

In this enchanting picture book by award-winning artist and author Jackie Morris, explore a world of dragons through lyrical text and beautifully realised illustrations. Now available in this large, high-quality production format for full enjoyment of the artwork and the fantastical creatures it presents.

‘A truly imagination-stirring read that will excite young readers, ignote their imaginations and those of the adults reading to/with them.’ Early Years Educator

Can you See a Little Bear
HB £12.99 Signed copies in stock

Where is Little Bear?

 

In this charming look-and-find book, highlighted by Jackie Morris's gorgeous animal fantasies, very young children explore theatrical and circus settings as they attempt to find the missing cub. The concepts of opposites, colours and contrasts are introduced in the read-aloud nursery verse and simple clues and vivid word images help children discover Little Bear, whether he is trying on a hat, standing on his head or floating in a balloon. Gradually Little Bear moves into a more familiar landscape of tea, bath and bedtime, a cue for little bears' bedtimes everywhere.

One Cheetah, One Cherry
HB £12.99 Signed copies in stock

One cherry, one cheetah

Two dogs, two balls, one big, one small

Three bears, three bowls, three silver spoons

With playful words and beautiful animal paintings, this spectacular counting book features numbers up to ten in words and numerals, illustrated in watercolour, with gold and silver leaf, and including elephants, tigers, swans, mice and more.

Mrs Noah's Pockets
HB £12.99 Signed copies in stock
 

‘At last all were gathered inside the ark. It heaved with animals, large and small. Mrs Noah wore a brand-new coat, with a hood and a cape - and very deep pockets. Lots of pockets.’

When Mr Noah builds the ark, he makes two lists - one for all the animals who will come on board and one for those troublesome creatures he will leave behind. Meanwhile, Mrs Noah gets out her sewing machine and makes a coat with very deep pockets. Lots of pockets.

The Snow Leopard
HB £17.99 signed copies in stock
HB £25.00 artist edition signed & numbered in stock

A tale of magic and myth set amongst the Himalayan mountains, with Jackie’s glorious illustrations and lyrical text now matched by the lavish production values of this book. An instant classic.

As the Snow Leopard’s earthly life begins to wane, she searches for a pure and incorruptible soul to pass her knowledge and power to in order that the hidden valley can remain safe. For the Mergich Realm, the sacred and secret place guarded by spirits in animal form, is under threat from those from outside who would seek to exploit its riches.

The film below was made for The Snow Leopard Trust, with music composed by The Bookshop Band. Sit back and discover the inspiration for this magical tale. . .

The Ice Bear
HB £17.99 signed copies in stock
HB £25.00 artist edition signed & numbered 

This magical tale set in Jackie Morris’s stunning icy landscapes tells a tale of tolerance and understanding, and reminds us of our duty to take care of this world’s wild creatures.

In distant, icy, northern lands, the ice bear has given birth to two tiny cubs. As she sleeps, Raven the trickster steals one cub away, dropping him as a human child in the path of a hunter and his wife. The childless hunter and his wife rejoice at this wonderful gift and hold their new-found child close. As the years pass, the ice bear never forgets her second cub and pines for what she has lost to humans.

The Seal Children
HB £12.99 *sorry currently out of stock

When a fisherman falls in love with a selkie - half-woman, half-seal - she gives him her sealskin as a sign of her love, and bears him two children, Ffion and Morlo, before returning to her own people.

When a stranger comes to the village, telling of a land far away, the children remember their mother's stories of the cities of gold and pearls beneath the waves....

Presented in a beautiful, new, gift edition, this is a haunting story of love and freedom, for all ages.