Songbirds

Published 8 July 2021

The heartbreaking follow-up to the million copy bestseller, The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

‘I’ve never read anything quite like Songbirds – a beautifully crafted novel that sits at the intersection of race and class’ Jodi Picoult

‘Beautiful . . . Songbirds will break your heart and open your eyes’ Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

She walks unseen through our world.
Cares for our children, cleans our homes.
Her voice unheard.
She has a story to tell.
Will you listen?

Nisha has crossed oceans to give her child a future. By day she cares for Petra’s daughter; at night she mothers her own little girl by the light of a phone.

Nisha’s lover, Yiannis, is a poacher, hunting the tiny songbirds on their way to Africa each winter. His dreams of a new life, and of marrying Nisha, are shattered when she vanishes.

No one but them cares about the disappearance of a domestic worker, except Petra and Yiannis. As they set out to search for her, they realise how little they know about Nisha. What they uncover will change them all.

Set in her native Cyprus, Christy Lefteri has crafted a powerful, redemptive story of loss, of the triumph of the human spirit, and of the enduring love of a mother for her child.


Available 8 July 2021

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