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Nick Cave has written his first children’s book called ‘The Little Thing’

Nick Cave's first children's book comes with a "talking book" featuring music from him and Warren Ellis

By Charlotte Krol

Nick Cave is seen posing in front of a mirror
Nick Cave (Picture: Press)

Nick Cave has written and illustrated his first children’s book.

‘The Little Thing’, which is available to pre-order now, was initially written for the musician’s three-year-old neighbour, Esme. The book is due to ship on November 15.

Cave said in a statement on his website: “It is the tale of a little thing that goes on an epic adventure to discover the true nature of its identity.

“‘What am I?’ asks The Little Thing. Along the way it meets cast of diverse characters including a tomato, a toilet roll, a showerhead, a cupcake, and a corn on the cob, that guide The Little Thing toward its final joyous realisation.”

Additionally, a “talking book” that’s narrated by Cave and features music from him and his Bad Seeds bandmate Warren Ellis comes as a free download with purchases of ‘The Little Thing’.

In other news, Cave revealed recently that he and his wife moved to Los Angeles following their son’s death because “Brighton had just become too sad”.

Arthur Cave died in 2015 after falling off a cliff in East Sussex town Ovingdean, close to Brighton and Hove. He was 15 years old.

In a new edition of his Red Hand Files, Cave was asked by a Brighton-based fan why he left the city and where he lives now, alongside another question about the song ‘Heart That Kills You’.

“The words of the song go someway toward articulating why Susie and I moved from Brighton to L.A,” Cave wrote in response. “Brighton had just become too sad. We did, however, return once we realised that, regardless of where we lived, we just took our sadness with us.

“These days, though, we spend much of our time in London, in a tiny, secret, pink house, where we are mostly happy.”

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released new album ‘B-Sides & Rarities Part II’ last month, with the 27-track set collecting deep cuts from 2006 to 2020, including ‘Heart That Kills You’.

Elsewhere, Cave and Ellis wrapped up a lengthy UK tour recently in support of their 2020 album ‘Carnage’.