On Sale: February 21, 2017
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Fantasy | Fantasy Historical
A novel of magic, birds, lost letters and love.
Sydney, 1929: three people find themselves washed up on the
steps of Miss Du Maurier's bohemian boarding house in a once
grand terrace in Newtown. Ari is a young Jewish man, a
pogrom orphan, who lives under the stern rule of his rabbi
uncle, but dreams his father is Houdini. Upon his hand he
bears a forbidden mark - a tattoo - and has a secret
ambition to be a magician. Finding an injured parrot one day
on the street, Ari is unsure of how to care for it, until he
meets young runaway Lily, a glimmering girl after his own
abracadabra heart. Together they form a magical act, but
their lives take a strange twist when wild card Billy, a
charming and dangerous drifter twisted by the war, can no
longer harbour secret desires of his own.
The Bird's Child is a feat of sleight-of-hand. Birds speak,
keys appear from nowhere, boxes spill secrets and the dead
talk. this is a magical, stunningly original, irresistible
novel - both an achingly beautiful love story and a slowly
unfurling mystery of belonging.
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