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Owl Song at Dawn
Owl Song at Dawn

Owl Song at Dawn


352 Pages, 5.08 x 7.8

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: July 2016

ISBN 9781785079672

Rights: US, CA, AU & NZ

Legend Times Group (Jul 2016)
Legend Press


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A powerful and touching debut that handles disability sensitively and gives a voice to those who have been silenced in the past

As featured on Radio 4's Woman's HourShortlisted for the Amazon Rising Star AwardLonglisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize 2016Hive Rising Writer for 2016'[A] quirky, moving novel' -- The Daily Mail'Fresh, poignant and unlike anything else' -- Jill Dawson, Whitbread and Orange Prize-shortlisted author'Tender and unflinching, a beautifully observed novel' -- Carys Bray, Costa Prize-shortlisted author'It crept under my skin and will stay there for a long time' -- Emma Henderson, Orange Prize-shortlisted author'Amazing: fierce, intelligent, compassionate and deeply moving' -- Edward Hogan, Desmond Elliot Prize-winning author'Funny, heartbreaking and truly remarkable' -- Susan Barker, New York Times bestselling authorStylist Magazine Top 'Books to Read on a Staycation''Owl Song at Dawn is a book that should go straight onto bestseller and prize-winning lists.' -- Byte the Book'This is a gripping novel by a hugely gifted writer and one that is rich on atmosphere and character study.' -- London Grip'It's been a long while since a book given me physical goose bumps while reading. This was not as a result of horror, or shocks, but because it was so beautifully written from beginning to end.' -- Little Bookness Lane'A heartfelt story about love and acceptance' -- Open Letters Monthly'What a tour de force. Owl Song At Dawn is, quite simply, an outstanding novel.' -- Linda's Book Bag'Owl Song at Dawn is a truly touching story about family, loss, guilt, friendship and forgiveness, and the charming characters are those that stay with you long beyond the final pages of the book.' -- A View from the Balcony'Owl Song At Dawn is an original and thought-provoking debut that is readable and engaging whilst packing a punch.' -- One More Page'Poignant and rich' -- Litro'an ultimately uplifting and positive book with life lessons for us all' -- Mad House Family Reviews'Emma Claire Sweeney however has put such a lovely book together that combines grief, loss, love and laughter. I can highly recommend it!' -- Butterflyinthesky'Owl Song at Dawn is remarkable, tender and heart-warming with realistically flawed characters. This is a beautifully written and uplifting novel that teaches compassion and provides life lessons for us all.' -- Her Nose Stuck in a BookMaeve Maloney is a force to be reckoned with. Despite nearing eighty, she keeps Sea View Lodge just as her parents did during Morecambe's 1950s heyday. But now only her employees and regular guests recognise the tenderness and heartbreak hidden beneath her spikiness.Until, that is, Vincent shows up. Vincent is the last person Maeve wants to see. He is the only man alive to have known her twin sister, Edie. The nightingale to Maeve's crow, the dawn to Maeve's dusk, Edie would have set her sights on the stage all things being equal. But, from birth, things never were.If only Maeve could confront the secret past she shares with Vincent, she might finally see what it means to love and be loved a lesson that her exuberant yet inexplicable twin may have been trying to teach her all along.A powerful and touching debut inspired by the author's autistic sister, perfect for fans of Karen Joy Fowler, Nathan Filer and Maggie O'Farrell.


"Tender and unflinching, a beautifully observed novel about familial love and stoicism in the face of heartbreak" —Carys Bray, Costa Prize shortlisted author, A Song for Issy Bradley

"I found the novel most poignant and tender in its depiction of disability, without a whiff of sentimentality . . . it crept under my skill and will stay there for a long time." —Emma Henderson, Orange Prize shortlisted author, Grace Williams Says It Loud

"Amazing: fierce, intelligent, compassionate and deeply important and very beautiful book." —Edward Hogan, Desmond Elliot Prize-winning author, Blackmoor 

"Fresh, poignant and unlike anything else. Written with a deceptively light tough, this is a novel full of charm." —Jill Dawson, Whitbread and Orange Prize-shortlisted author, Fred and Edie 

"An original, tender and brave first novel." —Maggie Gee, Orange Prize-shortlisted author, The White Family

"Funny, heartbreaking and truly remarkable . . . the most deeply moving novel I have read in a long time." —Susan Barker, author, The Incarnations

"The writing is suffused from ?rst to last with human warmth, empathic understanding… an important book – for our lives and consciences." —Stevie Davies, author, The Element of Water

Author Biography

Emma Claire Sweeney has won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Asham, Wasafiri and Fish.She teaches creative writing at New York University in London; co-runs – a website on female literary friendship; and publishes features and pieces on disability for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Times.Owl Song at Dawn is inspired by her sister, who has autism.Visit Emma at or on Twitter @emmacsweeney