How the idea for the story was born?

I had been thinking a lot of a book about the people living in an apartment building, a community with people of all ages and different family status. But I never developed it until I’ve started singing in my head “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles. And then, as if by magic, I saw the full picture. The link among the neighbors is loneliness, they are lonely together.

What's the story about?

This book tells the story of an evening in the life of the residents of an apartment building. All of them are lonely and they don’t leave their flats for some reason. Main reason is the rain, but we all know that they wouldn’t leave it in any case. But all of them really want to go outside and they wish for company. Something needs to happen that mobilizes everyone. When I came up with this idea in December, I had no idea how relevant staying at home would have became, in the time of the pandemic.

Would you like to dedicate it to someone?

I would like to dedicate this book to my children, but also to all the lonely people in our world.

About Mariann

Marian was born in Budapest in 1978. She has always wanted to be a children’s book illustrator since her childhood. She studied Italian Languange and Literature, and then Visual Comunication in Budapest. She illustrated her first book in 2012 and so far she has drawn over 20 titles, which are translated in several languages. She lives now in Budapest with her husband, her four children, a cat, a dog and parrot.

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