Bonnier imprint Templar Publishing is launching its new classics list with a “sumptuous” hardback edition of The Wind in the Willows illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith.
The Kenneth Grahame story will be published on 3rd October featuring 15 colour plates, spot artwork throughout, a cloth finish cover and gold foil debossing.
Editor Isobel Boston said: “The adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad have captured the imaginations of generations of readers for many years. Grahame Baker-Smith’s interpretation of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved tale is richly detailed and wonderfully atmospheric. Grahame is a master of his craft and it’s been a joy to see the familiar world of the riverbank through his eyes. Brimming with exquisite artwork, this will be a beautiful, unforgettable new edition of a timeless classic.”
Baker-Smith won the Greenaway Medal for his tale of fatherhood, Farther (Templar), in 2011. He has also illustrated another three picture books for Templar, including the Greenaway-shortlisted Leon and the Place Between and The Rhythm of the Rain.
He said: “When I read the story again for the first time in nearly two decades, I rediscovered layers of depth that I hadn’t remembered, or my younger self had not perceived. It seemed pertinent now in a way that surprised me. At its heart, it spoke perspicaciously of a deep connection with nature, loyalty and friendship and the sheer adventure of life. This is the first time I have illustrated a character-based book and it was a stroke of sublime luck that I was asked to work on this project. I hope the illustrations will move and entertain the reader, and that Mr Grahame would have approved.”