Out on 27 May 2021

The Swallows' Flight

Hilary McKay

Ages 9-12
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27 May 2021
320 pages

From the Costa Award-winning author of The Skylarks' War, a moving WWII story of family and friendship on opposite sides of a devastating conflict.

Erik and Hans feed fledglings on a windowsill in Berlin, little thinking that one day they will be flying above English skies, risking their lives for a cause they don't believe in. Ruby and Kate – born on opposite sides of a conflict, searching for common ground. Years later, Ruby and Kate - connected by their loneliness, find themselves thrown into a battle to survive the blitz. Meanwhile Rupert and Clarry, remembering the horrors of the great war, work secretly for peace - and a brighter future for them all . . .

Four ordinary lives connected by extraordinary circumstances, Hilary McKay's stunning companion novel to the Costa Award-winning The Skylarks' War - features the next generation of characters as they move from childhood to the threshold of adulthood amid the chaos and conflict of the Second World War.

This book belongs among the classic of children’s literature . . .

Sunday Times on The Skylarks' War

The kind of classic that rings with beauty and conviction and heart-stopping emotion

Amanda Craig on The Skylarks' War

Hilary McKay is one of the great writers of children’s fiction and this story of love and loss during the First World War is one of her best, told with unflinching wisdom

Independent, on The Skylarks' War