Pub Date 01 Mar 2017
Fifteen-year-old Yael is on the run. The Jewish girl seeks shelter from the Germans on the farm of the village outcast. Aleksei is mute and solitary, but as the brutal winter advances, he reluctantly takes her in and a delicate relationship develops.
As her feelings towards Aleksei change, the war intrudes and Yael is forced to join a Jewish partisan group fighting in the woods.
Torn apart and fighting for her life, The Song of the Stork is Yael's story of love, hope and survival. It is the story of one woman finding a voice as the voices around her are extinguished.
‘An elegantly crafted, beautifully written novel about love, survival and hope against all the odds’ William Ryan
‘Tightly written and suspenseful… a darkly compassionate fable of human endurance in absolute extremity’ Stevie Davies
‘… a dark jewel that holds up for examination the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love’ Guy Kennaway
‘Stephan Collishaw takes your hand and leads you into a world of tragic beauty, inspiring strength and delicate kindness in the midst of horror’ Aistė Diržiūtė
Praise for Stephan
' tense, vivid, effortlessly real... a novel of dramatic width and ambition' Julie Myerson, The Guardian
'Wonderful ... that rare novel which no-one, having once read, will be able to forget' Alan Sillitoe
'Haunting ... has an
extraordinary ring of authenticity... fascinating' Washington Times