The Swallows' Flight (Paperback)
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The Swallows' Flight (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 31/03/2022
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Waterstones Says

Continuing the stories of the characters from McKay’s acclaimed The Skylarks’ War, The Swallows’ Flight is a compelling and thoughtful depiction of young people from different countries growing up as the world races to war once more.

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.

Erik and Hans admire swallows over the rooftops of Berlin, little thinking that one day they will be flying above England, risking their lives in a war they both detest.

Ruby and Kate, great friends despite their differences, find themselves racing towards a danger that neither of them could possibly have imagined.

Meanwhile Rupert and Clarry work secretly for peace - and a brighter future for them all...

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529033342
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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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“A simply stunning book”

I absolutely loved The Skylarks War and couldn't wait to read the companion novel, The Swallows' Flight. If possible, I loved it even more.
Whilst The Skylark's War is set around World War I, now... More

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“A story of families, friendship, bravery and beauty - it really is special.”

A story of families, friendship, bravery and beauty - it really is special. Ruby lives in Devon, Kate - Oxford and Erik and Hans in Germany. A story that shows two sides of this numerously sided conflict...it is the... More

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“A book to savour and to treasure”

Hilary McKay’s The Skylarks’ War shot into my favourite books ever when I read it back in 2018, so I was incredibly excited to hear there’d be a follow up, and even more thrilled to be able to read an advance copy.... More

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