Sparrow (Paperback)
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Published: 11/04/2024
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A vibrant recreation of a Roman city on the cusp of Christianisation, Hynes' ravishing historical coming-of-age traces the path of a brothel-born orphan as he makes his way in a fragmented ancient world.

As an empire burns, he will rise from the ashes.

Sparrow, the Sunday Times bestselling historical epic by James Hynes, is the incredibly moving story of one boy’s journey to freedom in the harsh world of the Roman Empire.

A small town at the edge of a dying empire.
A slave boy raised in a brothel, with no known identity or origin.

Sparrow’s world consists of a kitchen and herb-scented garden, a loud and dangerous tavern, and the mysterious upstairs where the wolves, the women who have shaped his world, conduct their business. Where freedom is only for a privileged few, Sparrow’s life is hard-edged and violent.

But change is coming.

The world outside his garden is about to be reshaped, and as an empire crumbles, murder and mayhem will come to Sparrow’s door. As the only family he’s ever known scatters, will Sparrow fall – or fly?

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529092417
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 317 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A stunning work of historical imagination . . . Masterful in its portrayal of love, sex and friendship - The Observer

Utterly engrossing, vivid, and honest, this coming of age story reaches across millennia to grab us by the throat.' - Emma Donoghue, author of Room

An unnerving, exhilarating, unflinching portrayal of sex, slavery and sisterhood . . . This is a novel of ancient times for our times. And it is splendid, a work of scorching distinction. - Jim Crace, author of Harvest

Sparrow is a brilliantly written page-turner, a complex, vital, sometimes brutal story told with heartrending beauty. - Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man

Hynes, using his pen like a cinematic overview, makes us see everything, the streets, the markets, the homes . . . everything is historically documented. - La Stampa

Sparrow feels like an entirely authentic portrait . . . James Hynes renders this hidden world so powerfully and vividly. - The Times

A bleak and brutal story, vividly told by Hynes, who has created a truly unforgettable character in the resilient Sparrow - Daily Mail

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“Raised by Wolves”

Sparrow is raised in a brothel in a Roman coastal town. The slaves around him are his only family, though his days are hard he manages to find some happiness in his work and with his ‘mother’ who is one of the... More

Hardback edition
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Richard Hayden in Rye

“The songbird sings...”

James Hynes’s debut novel tells the tale of boy born into slavery and sold to a brothel in a provincial port of ancient Spain.

Amid his suffering, Jacob quietly reinvents himself as Sparrow: a songbird who is ‘not... More

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“Visceral, profound and deeply moving”

Sparrow will rip you open and sew you back up again, deftly weaving together the philosophical inquisitions of Sparrow and his mother with the brutality they face everyday in the brothel where they are slaves. Hynes... More

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