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Miyazaki Illustrates Westall's Fathom Five Novel for Japan

posted on by Egan Loo
Sequel to Carnegie-winning novel The Machine Gunners about WWII children

The Japanese publisher Iwanami Shoten has published Robert Westall's World War II children's novel Fathom Five with illustrations by acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki in Japan this month. Fathom Five, a loose 1979 sequel to Westall's Carnegie Medal-winning novel The Machine Gunners, centers around a 16-year-old British boy named Chas who discover a transmitter on the beach after a German submarine attacks a cargo ship. Miyazaki draws both the cover illustration and the interior art for the book, which is titled Suishin Go Hiro in Japanese. Japan's Seven and Y retail website posted more details about the book.

Miyazaki did not illustrate the earlier The Machine Gunners novel, but he did contribute the multi-page illustrated "A Trip to Tynemouth" essay to the Japanese edition of Westall's Blackham's Wimpey short story collection. That short story collection includes the short story that bears the book's name, the prequel story "The Haunting of Chas McGill," and "A Place For Me."

Source: GhibliWorld.com (third-party site)

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