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‘The whistling had started on their first night. At first, Layah thought it was bird song – a high thin sound which became a melody, rising and falling. And each night, it returned.’

Strange things have been happening to Layah and her younger sister, Izzie, ever since their mother dragged them to a rain-soaked cottage miles from anywhere in the Lake District: there is a peculiar whistling at night, a handful of unusual feathers appear on their doorstep and there are murmurings of a shadowed woman in the forest. And their mother is behaving very oddly. Layah is mourning the loss of her dear grandmother in Poland – and can almost hear her Babcia’s voice telling her the old myths and fairy tales from that magical place.

And as the holiday takes on a dark twist, Layah begins to wonder if the myths might just be real.

A thrilling debut from remarkable new talent, Eve Wersocki Morris.


A deliciously spine-tingling story with sisterhood at its heart. I loved it.
A.F. Steadman
A captivating story, full of intrigue.
Abi Elphinstone
Polish folklore meets the Lake District in a spooky page-turning mystery. I devoured it in one gulp.
Phil Hickes
The Bird Singers is a gloriously dark fantasy from an exciting new voice. A magical adventure with friendship and family at its heart. Eve Wersocki Morris's debut is one to look out for!
Liz Kessler
Dark, intoxicating, so full of killer twists I didn't know who to trust! This is an exciting, highly original debut from a great storyteller.
Emma Carroll