[DWJ] News from the archive - Eight Days of Luke

Amy Harlib aharlib at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 20 16:29:55 EDT 2011

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Really fascinating!
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From: Hannah Green
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2011 7:19 AM
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Subject: [DWJ] News from the archive - Eight Days of Luke

Just a brief post, to cheer up a Monday morning!

I've been reading through a file of manuscript material which Diana 
identified as 'material leading to 8 Days of Luke'.  The file contains four 
manuscript pages which appear to be a very early attempt at the story.  This 
early beginning is significantly different from the published story, with 
the story focusing on two brothers called Oliver and Billy, but it does 
feature Mr Chew and Mr Wedding.  Mr Chew and Mr Wedding are inventions of 
Billy's, who appear to live in a kingdom in the wall of the boys' bedroom. 
There isn't much of the story, but I suspect Diana had in mind that the boys 
would discover that Mr Chew and Mr Wedding are actually real.

The file also contains fifty pages of a manuscript draft which appears to be 
another unfinished attempt at the story.  Again, this draft is significantly 
different from the published book.  The central character is David, as in 
the book, and his family situation is the same, living with neglectful Aunt 
Dot, Uncle Bernard, Cousin Ronald and Astrid.  But the storyline develops 
very differently and focuses on David's attempts to run away from his 
family - Luke, the other gods and all the Norse mythology elements do not 
feature at all.  Jones appears to have combined ideas from these two 
unfinished stories, along with the Norse elements, to come up with what was 
eventually published as 'Eight Days of Luke'.

Hannah Green
Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
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