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In the Orchard, the Swallows

(2012)
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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 Swallows is a heartbreaking novel written in prose of exquisite stillness and beauty

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A book of great beauty." - Kamila Shamsie


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February 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: In the Orchard, the Swallows
Author(s): Peter Hobbs
ISBN: 1-60945-183-X / 978-1-60945-183-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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August 2013 : Canada Paperback
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Title: In the Orchard, the Swallows
Author(s): Peter Hobbs
ISBN: 1-77089-417-9 / 978-1-77089-417-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: In the Orchard, the Swallows
Author(s): Peter Hobbs
ISBN: 0-571-27928-7 / 978-0-571-27928-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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April 2012 : Canada Paperback
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Title: In the Orchard, the Swallows
Author(s): Peter Hobbs
ISBN: 1-77089-210-9 / 978-1-77089-210-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: In the Orchard, the Swallows
Author(s): Peter Hobbs
ISBN: 0-571-27927-9 / 978-0-571-27927-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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Kindle Editions

February 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: In the Orchard, the Swallows
Author(s): Peter Hobbs
Publisher: Europa Editions
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January 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: In the Orchard, the Swallows
Author(s): Peter Hobbs
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK