Title: Freedom of Birds, The
Author: PARKYN STEPHANIE
Publication date: 30/11/2021
Imprint: ALLEN & UNWIN
Publishing status: Active
Two French storytellers and a runaway girl travel through fairytale lands, Italian theatres, and the battlefields of France in search of a place to belong as Napoleon’s Empire falls, from the author of Josephine’s Garden.
Remi Victoire is the golden child among all the theatre orphans, who dreams of a life on a Paris stage. But when this future is stolen from him, Remi and his faithful friend Pascal turn their backs on Paris forever.
With Saskia, a runaway orphan girl, Remi and Pascal form a performing troupe, travelling through the fairytale lands that are the home of the Brothers Grimm, before finding a safe haven in Venice.
As Napoleon’s vast Empire crumbles, the French storytellers discover that Paris itself is now at risk of invasion and they fear for the loved ones they have left behind.
From picturesque villages, to Italian theatres, to the battlefields outside of Paris, this is a beautifully told story about the bonds of love and friendship, the importance of stories and of finding a place to belong.
Praise for Stephanie Parkyn:
‘A luminous, enthralling tale of love, treachery, treason and friendship…full of unexpected twists and turns.’ Kate Forsyth on Josephine’s Garden
‘Spellbinding, rich and an immensely enjoyable blend of fact and fiction.’ Blue Wolf Reviews on Josephine’s Garden
‘Enthralling novel, rich in historical detail … Highly recommended.’ Good Reading on Into the World
‘Stephanie Parkyn is one very talented storyteller.’ Mrs B’s Book Reviews
Dimension: 234mm X 153mm