Templar launches classic list with 'sumptuous' Wind in the Willows hardback

Templar launches classic list with 'sumptuous' Wind in the Willows hardback

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.”