9th Dec, 2021

New children's book sheds light on the Coventry Blitz and the rebuilding of the Cathedral

THE STORY of the blitz, the destruction it caused and the rebuilding of Coventry Catheral after the Second World War has been told by a city author in a new children’s book.

Coventry – The Phoenix City, written by Aaron Ashmore for children aged five to eight, also explains why it is linked with the mythical bird.

It is the latest project from Aaron’s Etch and Pin, which aims to celebrate the city with previous products including The Coventry Sticker Album, the Cov Trumps playing card game and a range of Coventry pin badges.

Aaron said: “During lockdown, I wrote my first book about Coventry which was ‘Lady Godiva’s Birthday Suit’ which has since been given to every year one and two class in the city.

“With 2020 being the 80th Anniversary of the Coventry Blitz, it felt right to make the second book about how the city rose from the ashes following World War Two.”

Carla Crawley, Coventry’s Cathedral’s head of tourism and engagement, said they were thrilled to hear about his latest venture.

“With bright and vibrant imagery, the book tells an important chapter of the city’s history in both a fun and informative way.”

As with the first book, Aaron worked with local illustrator, Oliver Emery, who helped to bring the story to life with hand-drawn imagery.

Visit etchandpin.co.uk/phoenixbook for more and to buy the book.

Local charities will benefit with £1 from every book sold going towards providing books for Heart of England Community Foundation charity.

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