‘An emotional love story with great heart’ Sunday Express
The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller
In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird.
When Solomon stumbles into Laura’s solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her.
But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings – or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free…
Lyrebird is a thoughtful, deeply moving love story; a story of the wild heart in us all and the quiet that lies underneath the world’s noise.
‘A unique look at secrets …beautifully crafted’ Essentials
‘A moving, beautiful novel.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Thought-provoking, lyrical, and really rather lovely’ Glamour
‘Alive with the mystical and unknown….A delicious enchantment underpins and threads through the story, yet there is also an undertone of unease and foreboding that lingers as you turn the pages…bewitching’ Lovereading.com
‘A heartfelt love story’ The Pool
‘Bursting with narrative verve and ear for language…a writer hitting their prime’ Waterstones.com
About the author
Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.
She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You.
She lives in Dublin with her family.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Cecelia Ahern’s Inside Story: “This book is very important to me because of how I developed the character. I was watching a David Attenborough documentary where he was describing the lyrebird. It’s this little Australian bird that mimics every sound around it. It doesn’t just do bird sounds, it can mimic a jackhammer, or a mobile phone, or a camera shutter.
“I showed it to my daughter, who was five or six at the time, and she started to make the sounds of these birds. As I was listening to her, I thought: ‘What if there was a person who had the abilities of a lyrebird. Who would they be? Where would they live? What’s their story?’
“I just really enjoyed the challenge or creating and building the whole character around the attributes and characteristics of this very special bird. I always want to have some new challenge with every book I write, and trying to make this girl the human manifestation of a bird was a process I loved. The enjoyment I got out of researching, creating and writing it was very special.”