Published by Bodley Head

Not yet Published at time of going to Post: 28th January 2016

This is a curious book. If it were to have a sub genre I would place it along side John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Boy at the Top of the Mountain and perhaps Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.  I think, though, on reflection, it had characteristics in feel to that of the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas than that of Zusak’s novel.

On the 6th of November 1939 Anna’s father had to go away for a few hours. He left shortly after eleven o’clock. He did not come home again.

That in a way, says it all. It is the story, initially, of how Anna searches for her father. It then relates her meeting with the Swallow Man and what follows after. A book that I read with hope that it would all turn out well, with the knowledge that little in those circumstances did.

I read the proof that was sent to me and the cover that was used on that seems to be the one that is being advertised by Bodley Head – so with luck it will be the same.