Author(s): Helen Donohoe
There is the secret of Birdy's dead grandmother's cat. How the boys tortured her and Birdy Flynn had to drown her in the river to stop her suffering. There's the secret of Mrs. Cope, the popular teacher, who took advantage of Birdy. And the secret of Gypsy Girl at school who Birdy likes, but can't mention. Because Birdy's greatest secret could change everything ...In this luminescent, sad and funny portrayal of a young person growing up amid an imperfect family, Helen Donohoe has created a beautifully nuanced and deeply felt novel. Whatever their own story, every reader will recognise in Birdy their own struggle to find their place in the world.
'Birdy is a complex, compelling creation ... A terrific debut. -- Sarah Waters
Helen Donohoe studied politics at Manchester University and the LSE and has dedicated her career to speaking up for the powerless and invisible as a campaigner, lobbyist, volunteer and writer. She recently completed the MA in Creative Writing (Novels) at City University, London, winning the PFD Novel Writing Prize for Birdy Flynn, her first novel. She lives in London.