Sunbirds

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Pub Date 1 Aug 2024 | Archive Date 1 Aug 2024

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Description

In 1997 Anne's eighteen-year-old son Torran walked out of his hotel in the notorious Himalayan town of Manali - and disappeared.

Seven years later Anne is still searching, haunted by the idea that someone must know something, following every tenuous lead, obsessed with potential sightings. She's ridden with guilt at the way she failed Torran as a mother. Though, unlike her husband, she's never stopped believing her son is alive.

When her estranged niece Esther arrives with new information, Anne is convinced that her tenacity will finally be rewarded. Forging an uneasy truce, they venture deep into the lush but unpredictable Himalayas, hunting for answers and the secluded community living in the Sunshine House.

It is a journey that will test them in ways they couldn't have imagined. And the closer they get to discovering the truth, the more Anne begins to question everything she thought she wanted.

In 1997 Anne's eighteen-year-old son Torran walked out of his hotel in the notorious Himalayan town of Manali - and disappeared.

Seven years later Anne is still searching, haunted by the idea that...


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ISBN 9781399817240
PRICE £18.99 (GBP)
PAGES 300

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A stunning debut. I devoured Sunbirds in two sittings and was completely drawn into the world that Penelope Slocombe described so vividly. The characters are so real and the setting so vivid I was completely blown away. I've never been to India yet the places in the novel came to life for me and not in the usual way we see in films but more authentically. The author writes with so much meaning it felt like I had known the characters for years. The insights into motherhood resonated with me and also that feeling of other relationships and of owing things to people of perhaps not being as free as we think we are. I look forward to reading the author's future works!

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Thank you to NetGalley and John Murray Press for allowing me to read an ARC of Sunbirds by Penelope Slocombe.

This novel set between India and Scotland follows Anne and Esther as they search for Anne's son, who went missing in India seven years before.

Throughout the story, readers become fully immersed into the surroundings and sublime scenery of the mountains of India, the towns, the cities, the roads, the animals. Slocombe's writing is truly remarkable.

Slocombe deftly empathises with the parents of missing children, and the feeling of never knowing what happened to them. I can barely put into words how emotional and extraordinary this book was.

There is so much discussion of ethics, spirituality, selfishness, the need for self discovery. People are complex, and so is the world we live in. Are we parts of a puzzle, or is it more important for us to find our own way? And what happens to the people who get left behind?

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