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Morgan McCarthy’s THE HOUSE OF BIRDS is a beautiful and bewitching story of love, war and second chances that will be adored by readers of Kate Morton, Virginia Baily and Lucinda Riley.

Oliver has spent years trying to convince himself that he’s suited to a life of money making in the city, and that he doesn’t miss a childhood spent in pursuit of mystery, when he cycled around the cobbled lanes of Oxford, exploring its most intriguing corners.

When his girlfriend Kate inherits a derelict house – and a fierce family feud – she’s determined to strip it, sell it and move on. For Oliver though, the house has an allure, and amongst the shelves of discarded, leather bound and gilded volumes, he discovers one that conceals a hidden diary from the 1920s.

So begins a quest: to discover the identity of the author, Sophia Louis. It is a portrait of war and marriage, isolation and longing and a story that will shape the future of the abandoned house – and of Oliver – forever.


A lovely, sumptuous, immersive read
Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of THE LAST ACT OF LOVE
The House of Birds is beautifully and enthrallingly written
Lee Randall
House of Birds is a delightful, engaging read that explores the various ways in which we come to know our essential selves
Virginia Baily, author of EARLY ONE MORNING
A stunningly beautiful read
Essie Fox
You'll find it impossible to put down
Psychologies Magazine
Enthralling... Sumptuous and satisfying
Lush and sumptuous
Sunday Mirror
Beautifully plotted and exquisitely written, this split-narrative novel is an utter joy
'A lovely must-read'
The narrative moves effortlessly between the two periods, as Oliver fixates on his task and a family feud rears its head. McCarthy's particular strength lies in her descriptive writing as she conjures up the old house and its intriguing past
Sunday Express
Exquisitely written with a meticulous plot and brilliant twist