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The Skylarks' War - Hilary McKay

The Skylarks' War - Hilary McKay

Title: The Skylarks’ War

Author:  Hilary McKay

ISBN:  9781509894949

Weight:  685g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay

An evocative and heartbreaking novel of family and friendship in wartime from Hilary McKay, award-winning author of the Casson Family Chronicles.

Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert.  But normal life resumes each September – boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer.

When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them.  Can their family survive this fearful war?

Peer & Press Reviews

Any new story by Hilary McKay comes with high expectations…  But this dense, beautifully unravelled family saga may be her best book yet.


This belongs among the classic of children’s literature…  Funny, sad, warm, it is about growing up and finding what you love, intellectually and emotionally.

Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week

McKay is a superb writer, deftly spinning history into a family drama of emotional neglect, shameful secrets, unrequited love, loss and ultimate triumph over all of these in a funny, moving and emotionally insightful book that could, and should, be read by all ages.

Sally Morris, Daily Mail

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Skylarks’ War
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

The British Book Awards 2019 – shortlist (children’s fiction)

Costa Book Awards 2018 – winner (children’s book award)

Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781509894949
ISBN 10 1509894942
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 288
Size (h x w x d) 224 x 143 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Bella Mckay
Jacket illustration Dawn Cooper

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