Published by Walker Books

It won’t take you long to read this small volume, more an exercise book than the usual novel. 102 pages of ‘story’ and a couple more at the end, which explain why this book was written.

This is a fictional, moving account of deportation. Superbly written, simply and with power.

It is liberally illustrated with ‘Polaroid’ photographs and I started it today and finished reading it on the way home.

Below is a quote from the Afterword – which I think says it all.

I don’t know much about immigration policy or the politics of our relationship with Mongolia. Maybe there is some complicated reason why a depopulated and culturally deprived area like Bootle shouldn’t be allowed generous and brilliant visitors. I do know that a country that authorises its functionaries to snatch children from their beds in the middle of the night can’t really be called civilised.

Frank Cottrell Boyce rightly won the 2012 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and was awarded an IBBY Honour for The Forgotten Coat. 

The picture of the eagle is from the book, but also should be credited to Edge Hill University – from whom I stole the image for this post.