All the Little Bird-Hearts (Hardback)
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All the Little Bird-Hearts (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 02/03/2023
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Waterstones Says

Lyrical and poetic, Lloyd-Barlow's exquisite debut revolves around the ordered and reserved Sunday Forrester and her daughter Dolly as two disarming strangers enter their lives with sinister intent.

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2023

I lived for and loved a bird-heart that summer; I only knew it afterwards.

Sunday Forrester lives with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Dolly, in the house she grew up in. She does things more carefully than most people. On quiet days, she must eat only white foods. Her etiquette handbook guides her through confusing social situations, and to escape, she turns to her treasury of Sicilian folklore. The one thing very much out of her control is Dolly - her clever, headstrong daughter, now on the cusp of leaving home.

Into this carefully ordered world step Vita and Rollo, a couple who move in next door, disarm Sunday with their charm, and proceed to deliciously break just about every rule in Sunday's book. Soon they are in and out of each others' homes, and Sunday feels loved and accepted like never before. But beneath Vita and Rollo's polish lies something else, something darker. For Sunday has precisely what Vita has always wanted for herself: a daughter of her own.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472288004
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 502 g
Dimensions: 234 x 162 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A novel both delicate and strong, illuminating the disturbing and the extraordinary to be found in the every day. Sunday is a beguiling and beguiled narrator, and her story an examination of the disjunction between humans' private and public selves. I loved it - Maggie O'Farrell

Lloyd Barlow makes her wary, vigilant, poetic voice the star in a mesmerising debut - Guardian

Lloyd-Barlow's prose sings... a beautiful, bittersweet debut - Daily Telegraph

What a glorious, unforgettable character Vita is. And I loved Sunday's voice too, so unique, right from the off. It showed me things about autism that will stay with me. A genuinely valuable book, but more importantly I enjoyed being inside its world - Melissa Harrison, author of All Among the Barley

A memorably authentic, at times painfully affecting, portrait of a singular woman navigating life's challenges and still finding her way to happiness on her own terms - Daily Mail

Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow's is a distinct and poetic new voice. This novel about the complex desires behind our closest relationships is undercut with the darkness of Sicilian folklore: the fisherman who promises away his child; the lover who is a wolf; a caged magpie; burning fields - Clare Pollard, poet and author of Delphi

Funny, lyrical, deft and devastating. Full of longing and love - Amy Sackville, author of Painter to the King

At once sharply perceptive and lyrically written, All The Little Bird-Hearts is an emotional and though-provoking exploration of autism - CultureFly

Moving, funny and lyrical - iPaper

Expect to be moved - Sainsburys Magazine

Scintillating... a tense and subtly nuanced look at an intense friendship between two women - Elizabeth Morris, Crib Notes

A mesmerising story, impeccably written: I couldn't put it down - Anstey Harris, author of WHEN I FIRST HELD YOU

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“Booker Longlisted 2023”

Thank you to the publishers for this review copy. This book was not on my radar before it was longlisted for the booker, I had no idea about it at all.
The book is an exceptional read which I now urge everyone to... More

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TripFiction

“Novel set in the LAKE DISTRICT”

4.5*

This novel is set in the Lake District, but with a Sicilian – or South Italian – slant. Sunny is the character at the heart, living with her 16 year old daughter Dolly, and Vita and her husband Rols move into... More

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“Absolutely LOVED this”

What an unusual voice Sunday( main character) has. Her acute and gentle observations are so brilliant, I found myself thinking" Oh my goodness of course!" on so many
occasions. One I did not want to end,... More

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