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City of Sparrows

(2020)
(The Stray Cats of Homs)
A novel by

 
 
‘This is a searing and incredibly important book, storytelling at its best’ Donal Ryan

‘A cat has seven souls in Arabic. In English cats have nine lives. You probably have both nine lives and seven souls, because otherwise I don’t know how you’ve made it this far.'

Sami’s childhood is much like any other - an innocent blend of family and school, of friends and relations and pets (including stray cats and dogs, and the turtle he keeps on the roof).

But growing up in one of the largest cities in Syria, with his country at war with itself, means that nothing is really normal. And Sami’s hopes for a better future are ripped away when he is conscripted into the military and forced to train as a map maker.

Sami may be shielded from the worst horrors of the war, but it will still be impossible to avoid his own nightmare…

Inspired by extraordinary true events, The Stray Cats of Homs is the story of a young man who will do anything to keep the dream of home alive, even in the face of unimaginable devastation. Tender, wild and raw, it is a novel which will stay with you for ever.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"It's been a long time since a book kept me up all night, but City of Sparrows did. A tender, yet wild and tangible testimony bearing witness to the tragedy in Syria." - Theodor Kallifatides

"An absolutely riveting novel . . . a rare and precious humanizing of the terrible conflagration in Syria. Eva is a writer of the first order and this is a searing and incredibly important book, storytelling at its best." - Donal Ryan

"City of Sparrows brings to life the human, inside story of one of the most brutal sieges in recent history, with Syria's Assad trying to break the will of young rebels daring to stand up to the dictator and taking refuge in an ancient city. The novel is as revealing as it is inspiring with its depictions of the lengths heroes will go to in search of personal freedom." - Mark Sullivan


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August 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Stray Cats of Homs
Author(s): Eva Nour
ISBN: 0-85752-675-8 / 978-0-85752-675-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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September 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: City of Sparrows
Author(s): Eva Nour
ISBN: 1-61219-852-X / 978-1-61219-852-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Melville House
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August 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stray Cats of Homs
Author(s): Eva Nour
ISBN: 0-85752-676-6 / 978-0-85752-676-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Audio Editions

August 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Stray Cats of Homs
Author(s): Eva Nour, Agnes Broome
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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August 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Stray Cats of Homs
Author(s): Eva Nour, Agnes Broome
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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September 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: City of Sparrows
Author(s): Eva Nour
Publisher: Melville House
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August 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Stray Cats of Homs
Author(s): Eva Nour
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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