The Skylarks' War (Hardback)Hilary McKay (author)
- In stock online
The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One, from the award-winning Hilary McKay.
Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer.
When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 223 x 142 x 33 mm
This is McKay at her finest, all the heart and warmth of the Casson family books - with a touch of the Cazalets. It's both a thrilling family adventure and a truthful, heart-breaking examination of the impact of war... [an] exceptional historical novel. -- Fiona Noble * Bookseller, Children's Book of the Month *
Hilary McKay is surely the heir to Mary Wesley. The Skylarks' War is just lovely. -- Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller
The Skylarks' War is bloody brilliant, the kind of classic that rings with beauty and conviction and heart-stopping emotion. Not read a novel this good since Eva Ibbotson died. -- Amanda Craig
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. -- Sarah Hughes * Independent, Best Children's Books for Autumn 2018 *
Hilary McKay is a genius. This beautiful book is so many things simultaneously: complex and subtle, beautiful and raw, timely and timeless. I never wanted it to end. -- Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Carnegie-shortlisted author of The Smell of Other People's Houses
One of my favourite books of the year, this is McKay at her absolute finest. -- Fiona Noble * Bookseller Children's Buyer Guide, Highlights of the Season *
I laughed, I cried and I wanted all the characters to be my best friend * Natasha Farrant *
Winning as ever, with an overall Secret Garden feel * Kirkus Reviews *
What a brilliant book. I laughed, I blubbed. The painful jolt of the Great War to one family carefully told. * Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust *
I thoroughly loved The Skylarks' War. The story is at once intimate and sweeping, with Clarry the shining heart of it all. -- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of The War That Saved My Life
Hilary McKay's novel is about love as much as war: the effect on children of being deprived of it and the beneficial results on adults of its persistence. McKay is incapable of writing an uninteresting character or a dull scene... I loved it. * Mary Hoffman *
McKay couples warmth and grace with wry humour like nobody else out there -- Katherine Rundell * The Guardian *
...a family book, like those of Noel Streatfeild or R F Delderfield... I find it hard to imagine anyone not enjoying it. You will smile, and you will cry... You will recognise yourself and your friends -- Adele Geras
wise and kind and utterly heart-wrenching and full of characters you will give your whole heart to -- Anna James
McKay is a superb writer, deftly spinning history into a family drama of emotional neglect, shameful secrets, unrequited love, loss and ultimate triumph over all of these in a funny, moving and emotionally insightful book that could, and should, be read by all ages. -- Sally Morris * Daily Mail *
Quite simply, The Skylarks' War is close to perfect. Wise, kind, witty and incredibly moving it will break your heart and remake it again a few times over. * Scoop magazine *
You may also be interested in...
“Simply wonderful - I loved it!”
This is one of those books where no matter what I write in this review, all I really want to write is that - I loved it.
I received an advance copy of this for an honest review (thank you!) but it's actual... More
I recently received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review so thank you Macmillan for supplying my reading habit.
This is a story set in the early 20th century before, during and a little... More
“The Skylarks’ War”
Set during the First World War, beautifully tender, this is such a heart warming story of humanity, of the support and love given selflessly. We are treated to the joy of summers spent in Cornwall, contrasting with... More
Please sign in to write a review