The much-loved UNCLE series of children's books by JP Martin, illustrated by Quentin Blake, were fantastical, surreal, funny and heart-warming. Originally told by Martin to his children, they were finally published when he was over eighty years old - and the hilarious array of characters, including the rich but sometimes foolish elephant, Uncle, captured the imagination of children across the world.
I fell in love with them when I was a child and became determined to bring them back into print. In 2013 I was delighted to discover a whole community of fellow Uncle fans when I launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish The Complete Uncle.
I have since then stumbled across over 50 pages of unpublished Uncle stories, which are just as hilarious and well-crafted as the published work, and also a fascinating biography of Martin, the missionary turned author, by his daughter, which explores the unique imagination and experiences that informed this remarkable and inventive genius.
These have never been seen before and I would love to share them with Uncle's legions of fans and introduce J.P. Martin and Uncle to more fans as well.More details on the Kickstarter page Marcus has set up for this project.