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The Day Boy and The Night Girl

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Introducing one of Merchiston Publishing’s new projects for 2014 – a new edited and illustrated edition of The Day Boy and The Night Girl. This classic Scottish fairy tale written by George MacDonald, a pioneering figure within fantasy literature in the 19th century and mentor to well known authors children’s fantasy author Lewis Carroll.


We have also gained the confirmation of two new academic authors. The first of these are Cordelia Fine, Academic psychologist and Writer who have kindly agreed to provide a foreword for our project. She is a firm supporter of the removal of gender limiting marketing for children’s’ books and is not only affiliated  with our associated ‘Let Books be Books” campaign and is daughter of Anne Fine, renown children’s writer. The second is Helen Sutherland,  Academic at Glasgow University and supporter of George MacDonald, who has agreed to provide us with an author biography and has provided us information and advice regarding necessary paratextual material.

We are incredibly grateful to all those involved in supporting The Day Boy and The Night Girl, advising and contributing to make this book the best it possibly can.

“Oh, I see! … No, of course! you can’t be a girl: girls are not afraid— without reason. I understand now: it is because you are not a girl that you are so frightened.”

A boy and a girl, each imprisoned in a castle by the evil witch Watho. Photogen, exposed only to the sun, and Nycteris, familiar only with darkness. His dreams of adventure and her desire for freedom lead to their chance meeting one night. Together they must find a way to overcome their fear of the unknown and escape Watho.

“Lean on me,” Nycteris would return, putting her arm around him, or patting his cheek. “Take a few steps more. Every step away from the castle is clear gain. Lean harder on me. I am quite strong and well now.”

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Our book aims to reintroduce the classic fairytale to this generation of children while introducing new morals to these classic tales. Using indepth research into the under representation of girls in books targeting eight to twelve year olds, has allowed us to produce a project emphasising the importance of equality and encourage all children regardless of gender, to be ambitious and accepting of others. This edited edition will also adapt the language, making it accessible to the twenty first century parent and present strong role models for our age range.

The hero of the sun-drenched hours, he looks godlike with his golden hair aglow in the sun as he hunts the wild beasts of field and wood. Yet as the light flees at the onset of evening, his self-assurance and bravado fade with the light . . . and he finds himself beset by terrors he cannot reign.

Then he discovers solace, in that terrifying night — for within the depths of his fears he encounters a strange, beautiful creature who offers him comfort — a girl, who is as much a creature of the dark hours as he is of sunlit days.

Follow our Facebook to keep up to date with this projects development as well as at our Twitter account using the hashtag #DayBoyNightGirl

You can now also get involved with the online campaign Let Books be Books, a campaign promoting the removal of all gender restrictions on children’s books created by Let Toys be Toys. We as a team really associated with these ideals and believe that it should be up to children to choose what they want to read, not be limited by the colour or title of a book.

@EdNapierPublish #DayBoyNightGirl #LetBooksbeBooks

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