In the Orchard, the Swallows

Paperback | April 14, 2012

byPeter Hobbs

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A Guardian Book of the Year and Chapters/Indigo Best Book

In the foothills of a mountain range in northern Pakistan is a beautiful orchard. Swallows wheel and dive silently over the branches, and the scent of jasmine threads through the air. Pomegranates hang heavy, their skins darkening to a deep crimson. Neglected now, the trees are beginning to grow wild, their fruit left to spoil on the branches.

Many miles away, a frail young man is flung out of prison gates. Looking up, scanning the horizon for swallows in flight, he stumbles and collapses in the roadside dust. His ravaged body tells the story of fifteen years of brutality.

Just one image has held and sustained him through the dark times -- the thought of the young girl who had left him dumbstruck with wonder all those years ago, whose eyes were lit up with life.

A tale of tenderness in the face of great and corrupt power,In The Orchard, The Swallowsis a heartbreaking novel written in prose of exquisite stillness and beauty.

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A Guardian Book of the Year and Chapters/Indigo Best Book In the foothills of a mountain range in northern Pakistan is a beautiful orchard. Swallows wheel and dive silently over the branches, and the scent of jasmine threads through the air. Pomegranates hang heavy, their skins ...

Peter Hobbs is a British writer. His debut novel, The Short Day Dying, was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and won a Betty Trask Award. A collection of stories, I Could Ride All Day In My Cool Blue Train, was published in 2006. He divides ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.45 inPublished:April 14, 2012Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770892109

ISBN - 13:9781770892101

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