The Swallows’ Flight
From the Costa Award-winning author Hilary McKay, comes a moving World War II story of family and friendship on opposite sides of a devastating conflict. The Swallows’ Flight is the stunning companion novel to The Skylarks’ War.
‘It’s not necessary to have read The Skylarks’ War (though many beloved characters make reappearances) to be instantly and joyfully lost in this evocative, moving novel, showing McKay at the very top of her game.’ – Imogen Russell-Williams, The Guardian
‘Funny, poignant, wise and emotional. Full of achingly real characters (and also an excellent dog) . . . I eked out the final pages, not wanting it to end.’ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
Erik and Hans are German boys. Ruby and Kate are English girls. They grow up in worlds that would never meet, until war tumbles their lives together.
Then one September afternoon there are choices to be made.
How is courage lost, and found?
Who is really the enemy?
And what does friendship truly mean, in the middle of a war?
Meanwhile Rupert and Clarry work secretly for peace – and a brighter future for them all . . .
‘. . . a resounding success. . . McKay refuses to dumb down the history, writing with such clarity and understanding that you can’t fail to be caught up in the cares of her loveable cast.’ – Alex O’Connell, The Times Book of the Week
‘McKay is a glutinously atmospheric writer, and this dense, action-packed saga – written during lockdown – is every bit as satisfying as its predecessor.’ Emily Bearn, The Telegraph
‘Separately and together, The Skylarks’ War and The Swallows’ Flight are pinnacles of children’s literature.’ -Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Book of the Week
‘Meticulously researched, intelligent, warm and witty – this is McKay at her peerless peak.’ Sally Morris, The Daily Mail
Hilary McKay's The Swallows' Flight is a triumph. The beautiful clarity of her storytelling is masterful and she deserves every prize going. I admire it very much -- Philip Pullman 'An incredible, clever, compassionate story from one of our very finest writers' -- Emma Carroll A novel possibly even better than its predecessor: funny, poignant, wise and emotional -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * A wonderful story full of big, wonderful characters - more than a book about war - a story about our common humanity, which feels like both a hug and a fierce warning. -- Natasha Farrant on The Swallows' Flight action-packed [and] every bit as satisfying as its predecessor. -- Emily Bearn * Telegraph * The sort of simple, humane storytelling we all need right now . . . a treat -- Sally Nicholls Hilary McKay has the ability to create characters so real that they live with you long after the last page, having made you laugh, cry - and love them. The Swallows' Flight is no exception; it soars like the swallows of the title as it leads its characters through the WW2 years, and ends with a glorious feeling of hope. -- Vivian French Hilary McKay writes characters so warm and real, you want to step into her books and be friends with them all. The Swallows' Flight is a heartbreakingly beautiful page-turner. * Lauren St John * The Swallows' Flight is a complete delight . . . a generous, warm, honest, witty and wise novel. It's a gem -- Richard Lambert Warm and delicious and richly textured -- Katherine Rundell Heaven -- Anna Fargher Characters are what Hilary McKay does best and, as always, she delivers in spades -- Mary Hoffman A wartime follow-up well worth the wait... a resounding success * The Times, Children's Book of the Week * Separately and together, The Skylarks' War and The Swallows' Flight are pinnacles of children's literature * The Sunday Times * McKay is a glutinously atmospheric writer, and this dense, action-packed saga - written during lockdown - is every bit as satisfying as its predecessor. * The Telegraph * In a series of short chapters, told from multiple viewpoints including those of two young German airmen, McKay weaves a brilliantly intricate tapestry of wartime emotions and loyalties. -- Sally Morris * Daily Mail *
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