Judith Kerr to Publish First New Novel in Nearly 40 Years

Beloved UK children’s writer Judith Kerr is known for both her picture books and her illustrated novels for young readers. Fans of the latter, though, haven’t had much to celebrate lately. In fact, Kerr has stuck to picture books and hasn’t penned an illustrated novel in nearly 40 years.

That’s all about to change. Kerr, who is now 92 years old, is publishing her first illustrated novel in 37 years. Called Mister Cleghorn’s Seal, the book is slated for publication in September.

Mister Cleghorn’s Seal will tell the story of a man who rescues a seal pup named Charlie. The funny tale is based on a story that Kerr heard from her father, Alfred Kerr. Readers may remember Alfred Kerr from Judith Kerr’s semi-autobiographical picture book about the Holocaust, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

The new novel is being fast-tracked to publication. US and UK readers alike will be able to get their hands on Mister Cleghorn’s Seal on September 10 of this year. It will be available in hardcover, in a collector’s edition, as an e-book, and as an audiobook read by actor Bill Nighy.

Until Mister Cleghorn’s Seal, Kerr’s last illustrated novel was 1978’s A Small Person Far Away.


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