Troubador The Fall of a Sparrow

Released: 28/04/2021

ISBN: 9781800462502

Format: Hardback

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The Fall of a Sparrow


11 year-old Eleanor has been sent away to a spooky old school run by a great-aunt she’s never met. Shunned by the other girls, dismayed by Great-Aunt Margaret’s coldness, Eleanor struggles with loneliness; so when a strange, skinny little boy, all flapping arms and nodding head, greets her as a long-lost friend, it feels great to have an ally, however quirky his behaviour. As Davey follows her around, begging her to play games and climb the lime tree ‘like they used to,’ Eleanor is baffled; then bewilderment turns to horror when she realises the boy knows things about her he can’t possibly know, things no one should know... 

Susanna, her one friend, helps her face the truth. Unravelling the mystery draws Eleanor into a dark web of family history, awakening a tragic past that soon threatens to engulf her. 

Just out - the special Passchendaele Centenary 1917 - 2017 reprint of Ante's Inferno with a new jacket. Watch That's Oxford TV's Community Show on Wednesday, 12 July, 8 pm and 10 pm, or Thursday, 13 July, 4 am (!) and 10 am, to see me talking to Eve Ahmed about how I drew on this terrible battle to create the deepest part of Hell in the book. Freeview, Channel 7.

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Griselda Heppel

Griselda Heppel read English at Cambridge and worked in publishing before giving up full-time work to bring up her four children. She lives in Oxford with her husband and family. Her first book, Ante's Inferno, came out with Matador in 2012 and won the People's Book Prize and a Silver Wishing Shelf Award. This was followed by The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst (Matador, 2015). She is now working on her third children's novel, The Fall of a Sparrow.

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