The Lost Blackbird

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"A powerful story of sisters cruelly torn apart by a shameful event in British-Australian history." Clare Flynn, author of The Pearl of Penang

London 1962. A strict and loveless English children's home, or the promise of Australian sunshine, sandy beaches and eating fruit straight from the tree. Which would you choose?

Ten-year-old Lucy Rivers and her five-year-old sister Charly are thrilled when a child migrant scheme offers them the chance to escape their miserable past.

But on arrival in Sydney, the girls discover their fantasy future is more nightmare than dream.

Lucy's lot is near-slavery at Seabreeze Farm where living conditions are inhuman, the flies and heat unbearable and the owner a sadistic bully. What must she do to survive?

Meanwhile Charly, adopted by the nurturing and privileged Ashwood family, gradually senses that her new parents are hiding something. When the truth emerges, the whole family crumbles. Can Charly recover from this bittersweet deception?

Will the sisters, stranded miles apart in a strange country, ever find each other again?

A poignant testament to child migrants who suffered unforgivable evil, The Lost Blackbird explores the power of family bonds and our desire to know who we are.

'A darker retelling of Oliver Twist, shining light on a historical injustice in the Commonwealth … Perrat's prose is atmospheric and raw.' The Booklife Prize.

"… her best book yet … portrayal of childhood grieving is exquisitely sensitive and accurate." Dr Norman James, psychiatrist.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
November 3
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
443
Pages
PUBLISHER
Liza Perrat
SELLER
Draft2Digital, LLC
SIZE
1.5
MB

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