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J. K. Rowling’s new online novel is a fable for our times

'The Ickabog'

‘The Ickabog’ by J. K. Rowling, available online now at, to be published in book form in November.


Author J. K. Rowling’s gift to her legions of readers during this time of pandemic and isolation is “The Ickabog,” a wonderfully convoluted fairytale about a monster that might not actually exist. 

In her new tale are to be found one king who categorically believes in his own press, two ambitious royal lords, sundry devoted servants, some nefarious members of the king’s guard and two totally winning young people. It’s another keepsake for young readers — all readers, really — from the author of those magical Harry Potter books.