The House of Birds
By Morgan Mccarthy
A derelict house. A portrait of a marriage. And a story of love from the author of the acclaimed THE
OTHER HALF OF ME. For readers of Kate Morton, Virginia Baily and Lucinda Riley.
Morgan McCarthy's THE HOUSE OF BIRDS is a beautiful and bewitching story of love, war and second chances that will be adored by readers of Kate Morton, Virginia Baily and Lucinda Riley.
Oliver has spent years trying to convince himself that he's suited to a life of money making in the city, and that he doesn't miss a childhood spent in pursuit of mystery, when he cycled around the cobbled lanes of Oxford, exploring its most intriguing corners.
When his girlfriend Kate inherits a derelict house - and a fierce family feud - she's determined to strip it, sell it and move on. For Oliver though, the house has an allure, and amongst the shelves of discarded, leather bound and gilded volumes, he discovers one that conceals a hidden diary from the 1920s.
So begins a quest: to discover the identity of the author, Sophia Louis. It is a portrait of war and marriage, isolation and longing and a story that will shape the future of the abandoned house - and of Oliver - forever.
Morgan McCarthy lives in Berkshire. She is the author of four novels: THE OTHER HALF OF ME, THE OUTLINE OF LOVE, STRANGE GIRLS AND ORDINARY WOMEN and THE HOUSE OF BIRDS.
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01 Jun 2017
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House of Birds is a delightful, engaging read that explores the various ways in which we come to know our essential selves — Virginia Baily, author of EARLY ONE MORNING
A lovely, sumptuous, immersive read — Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of THE LAST ACT OF LOVE
The House of Birds is beautifully and enthrallingly written — Lee Randall
A stunningly beautiful read — Essie Fox
You'll find it impossible to put down — Psychologies Magazine
Enthralling... Sumptuous and satisfying — Observer
Lush and sumptuous — Sunday Mirror
Beautifully plotted and exquisitely written, this split-narrative novel is an utter joy — Heat
'A lovely must-read' — Prima
The narrative moves effortlessly between the two periods, as Oliver fixates on his task and a family feud rears its head. McCarthy's particular strength lies in her descriptive writing as she conjures up the old house and its intriguing past — Sunday Express
Exquisitely written with a meticulous plot and brilliant twist — Sun