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Fires in the Dark

Louise Doughty

From the bestselling author of Apple Tree Yard, this is the epic story of a Roma boy trying to survive in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War.

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‘An epic novel … absorbing, shocking, hopeful.’ Mail on Sunday

Available for the first time in eBook, Louise Doughty’s award-winning novel Fires in the Dark.

Yenko is born in 1920s Bohemia to a nomadic Roma family who try to protect him from the hardships imposed on his people. But his childhood world is soon overwhelmed by the Great Depression and the German invasion. Yenko and his parents become fugitives from the Nazis, and ultimately Yenko must decide who and what is worth saving.

Louise Doughty – drawing on her own Romany family history – has written a breathtaking novel of grand scope which also sheds new light on the Holocaust and its Roma victims.

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Compulsively readable ... its triumph is the quiet authority of its telling, an unblinking serenity of gaze.

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Memorable and gripping. I have seldom before read sentences that evoke so well the beauty of the landscape or the pain and hunger of cold.

New Statesman
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The compelling story sweeps you along from the beginning to the end. Doughty writes with a deep knowledge of her subject.

Daily Mail
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A novel such as this has the emotive power to restore dignity to those who were so appallingly robbed of it ... It delivers inner truth in a knock-out blow, as only art can.

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty is the author of nine novels, including Platform Seven, Black Water, Apple Tree Yard, which was a top 10 bestseller in UK and Ireland and shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger Award and the National Book Awards Thriller of the Year, and Whatever You Love, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange…

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