Chiltern Bookshops

The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay



Brought up in an austere and cold London house in the haphazard care of their largely absent father and a short-tempered housekeeper, Peter and Clary long for each summer when they can escape to their grandparents’ house in Cornwall.  Here they and their kind and charismatic cousin Rupert taste true freedom and a kindling of mutual kindness and understanding.  Yet beyond their Skylark summers, forces are pulling them apart, with Peter sent to boarding school and Clary left at home.  When the Great War breaks out and Rupert enlists, it seems that their lives will be forever changed.