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May 23, 2024

‘wonderfully engrossing and moving’
The Book Of Fire is published in paperback today by Bonnier/Manilla Press

Christy Lefteri’s

**Shortlisted for The Edward Stanford Award 2024 for Fiction With A Sense Of Place**

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Among the ashes, one family found hope . . .

In a tiny, beautiful Greek village, deep in an ancient forest, live a family - Irini, Tasso and their daughter, sweet Chara. One day their world is rocked when a forest fire consumes the village, leaving houses burned and lives irreparably damaged.

But what happens after the fire?

The captivating, moving novel of survival, hope and redemption, from the international bestselling author of The Beekeeper Of Aleppo and Songbirds.

Praise for The Book of Fire

“Christy Lefteri is a writer of huge power, who writes with great delicacy and urgency, making us see the world around us through fresh eyes.”

Heather Morris, international bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

“The Book of Fire is the work of a seasoned and wise storyteller who is as masterfully attuned to the nuances of trauma as she is adept at uncovering hope and resilience. Christy Lefteri is at the height of her powers with this radiant and moving novel.”

Adrienne Brodeur, bestselling author of Wild Game and Little Monsters

“Christy Lefteri's beautiful new novel, The Book of Fire,is a compelling story of love, loss, and redemption in the face of unimaginable tragedy. As with The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Christy transports the reader to a once lush and now destroyed world, where a community-and a mother-- must fight to regain what has been lost. Uniquely crafted and full of both stunning imagery and human emotion, The Book of Fire is a story that will long remain in the reader's mind.”

Kristen Hannah

“The Book of Fire is a wonderfully engrossing and moving novel that explores with great tenderness the need for answers in the face of terrible loss and the desire for recovery from environmental devastation.”

Peter Stott, author of Hot Air

“A compelling, at times anguished, at-a-sitting exploration of trauma, complicity, justice and how to live in our rapacious, heating age”

Daily Mail

“Lefteri fine-tunes her poignant, intimate family storytelling in The Book of Fire . . testament to Lefteri's increasing reputation for crafting international bestsellers with real contemporary meaning”


“Evocative. An emotive, character driven novel which demonstrates the impact that such a major event has on one family”


“A sweeping, elegant story, set against the backdrop of the Greek landscape. Moving and thought-provoking, it exposes the damage caused by human-greed, but also celebrates the power of human resilience”

Sunday Express

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