SD Sykes

Books Gordon Wise, +44 (0) 20 7393 4420 Email Gordon Wise

The Butcher Bird

book | Fiction | 2015
UK & Comm → Hodder and Stoughton (Ed. Nick Sayers)
US & Canada → Pegasus (Ed. Claiborne Hancock)
Oswald de Lacy is growing up fast in his new position as Lord of Somershill Manor. The Black Death changed many things, and just as it took away his father and elder brothers, leaving Oswald to be recalled from the monastery where he expected to spend his life, so it has taken many of his villagers and servants. However, there is still the same amount of work to be done in the farms and fields, and the few people left to do it think they should be paid more - something the King himself has forbidden.

Just as anger begins to spread, the story of the Butcher Bird takes flight. People claim to have witnessed a huge creature in the skies. A new-born baby is found impaled on a thorn bush. And then more children disappear.

Convinced the bird is just a superstitious rumour, Oswald must discover what is really happening. He can expect no help from his snobbish mother and his scheming sister Clemence, who is determined to protect her own child, but happy to neglect her step-daughters.

From the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the thief-infested streets of London and the luxurious bedchamber of a bewitching lady, Oswald's journey is full of danger, dark intrigue and shocking revelations.
Rights

Audio Rights

Available

The audio rights are handled by Gordon Wise.

Film Rights

Available

Contact Joe Phillips & Jenn Lambert for more information

Melissa Pimentel manages the translation rights for The Butcher Bird

Reviews

Sykes's book is steeped in all the superstition and fear that shaped the Middle Ages, and his hero is an immensely likeable companion. Comparisons to the master of historical crime, CJ Sansom, are inevitable and, in this case, justified.

The Times

Representation
Books
Gordon Wise
+44 (0) 20 7393 4420
Email Gordon Wise
Translation Rights
Sarah Harvey

Email Sarah Harvey
Books
Luke Speed

Email Luke Speed