Performance Publishing

The Blackbird

March 31st, 2020 | Posted by David in


Beautifully and movingly crafted from the fragile connections between its characters’ lives. The Blackbird is a novel for our vulnerable times.
Dr Sophie Oliver, University of Liverpool
The ordinary is overlaid with that intangible magic that lies just below the surface of the everyday.
Time Out on The Mountain of Light
Allen’s writing is restrained and delicately beautiful.
The Big Issue on Protection
Poised… A persuasive storyteller.
The Independent on Protection
Driven by… a strong sense of the goodness of the human spirit.
Clare Morrall (Booker nominated. Author of When The Floods Came) on Protection

143 in stock (can be backordered)


It is 1941. Hope’s father, Jenner, builds Liverpool Cathedral while the Luftwaffe’s bombs fall. It is 2014, and Hope cares for her husband Robert as Alzheimer’s destroys his personality.

Hope’s husband Robert is a retired civic sculptor. As Alzheimer’s unravels his mind, a secret he has kept for her threatens to emerge, breaking the fragile peace she has made with her parents’ memory: the truth of what happened to her mother during the Liverpool Blitz.
Hope brings in Louise to be home-carer. A young mother, the last resident of the Blackbird Estate, harassed by her ex-partner. But now they are together, can they find a way the past can’t hurt them?
Allen tells the overlooked story of the Liverpool Blitz, but resists its glorification with the sights, sounds and smells that surround the desperate citizens.
Thanks to G.F Smith sponsoring our Historiographic Fictions series, this book will be covered with Gmund Urban cement grey, a paper embossed with concrete texture and sparking with silica. Foil debossed with Foilco bronze and metallic green.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 19 × 130 × 2.4 cm


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