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An extraordinary new wartime story that will captivate readers young and old. Meet Anna. Meet the Swallow Man. And follow their incredible journey together . . .

Anna and the Swallow Man is a stunning, literary, and wholly original debut novel that tells a new WW2 story.

Kraków, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she’s alone.

Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna's missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced.

Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgement, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous . . .

Reviews

The breakout WWII drama . . . is causing quite the stir amongst both adults and the pre-teens it’s aimed at

Stylist - 'Your Essential 2016 Reading List'

A beautifully haunting and thought-provoking story of friendship that lingers long after the last page

Ruta Sepetys

A bold first novel that promises more from the undoubtedly talented Savit

Guardian

A beautifully written debut

Sunday Express

An astonishingly accomplished debut about war, survival and humanity . . . this is very much in the territory of The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas with all the potential that such a comparison suggests

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller - One to Watch

A stark and beautifully written tale that will leave you feeling unsettled yet enthralled

Woman Magazine

Exquisite

Irish Independent

Savit’s young adult novel reveals the power and danger of language, the necessity for deceit when humanity is under siege and . . . the hope that we will all find a guardian when we most need it

Sainsbury's Magazine

Like the characters in his debut novel, author Gavriel Savit has harnessed the power of language. He’s a talented wordsmith, wielding words and sentences with a precision that allows them to wriggle deep into this reader’s heart, leaving me both enchanted and brokenhearted.

Sara Grochowski, Publishers Weekly

One of those all ages and no age stories . . . told by a genuine wordsmith . . . And it's a story of generosity in the worst of times. Of friendship and loyalty and yes, of love despite all the horror. We won't forget how it felt to read it. Ever.

Jill Murphy, The Bookbag

A beautiful and stunning read . . . It creeps slowly into your heart just like Morris Gleitzman's Once, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas did.

Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

Such an important, painful, beautiful, hopeful read

Bloggers Heart Books

This is cleverly done and beautifully written tale of loss, hope, survival and trust

Kate Ormand

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552575270

    February 1, 2016

    Corgi Childrens

    240 pages

    RRP $21.00

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  • EBook

    9781448196913

    January 28, 2016

    RHCP Digital

    240 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
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  • Paperback

    9780141376646

    April 18, 2017

    Puffin

    256 pages

    RRP $23.00

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    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
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