The Home Child

Liz Berry

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Vintage Publishing
4 April 2024
ISBN: 9781529937817
128 pages

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Inspired by a true story, The Home Child is a beautiful novel-in-verse about a child far from home

‘Ground-breaking’ Benjamin Zephaniah * ‘Beautifully crafted’ Guardian * ‘Extraordinary’ Hannah Lowe

In 1908, Eliza Showell, twelve years old and newly orphaned, boards a ship that will carry her from the slums of the Black Country to rural Nova Scotia. She will never return or see her family again.

With nothing to call her own, the wild beauty of her surroundings is the only solace Eliza has – until another Home Child, a boy, arrives at the farm and changes everything.

Inspired by the true story of Liz Berry’s great aunt, this spellbinding novel in verse is an exquisite portrait of a girl far from home.

‘One of the outstanding books of this year. Although this is a historical tale its resonance is timeless’ Sunday Times

‘Deeply moving. A graceful, delicate book, stunning in its emotional depth... I know I'll return to it many times in the future’ Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From