Macmillan Children’s Books has just announced The Swallows’ Flight – the eagerly anticipated companion to Hilary McKay’s bestselling WWI novel, The Skylarks’ War. The Swallow’s Flight will publish in hardback on 27th May 2021. UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency.
The Skylarks’ War won the 2018 Costa Children’s Book of the Year Award, was selected as a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month in January 2019, picked as The Times & The Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Year and was published to universal critical acclaim.
The Swallows’ Flight is a moving WWII story of family and friendship set on opposite sides of a devastating conflict.
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 . . .
Samantha Smith, Publisher, Publisher, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Picture Books, comments, ‘I couldn’t be more delighted to introduce Hilary’s new novel, which reunites us with many of the characters we fell in love with in The Skylarks’ War. This is a story of such hope, just the story we all need as we head towards summer 2021.’
The author talking about The Skylarks’ War