Leningrad Tales: The Raven’s Children 


Leningrad, 1938.

When Shura and Tanya’s parents and little brother suddenly disappear in the middle of the night, it’s rumoured that they have been taken by the mysterious Black Raven – and that their parents were spies.

Tanya and Shura are determined to find their family – and so Shura decides to hand himself in to the Raven. He is taken to the Grey House, where everyone is given a new name and a set of grey clothes, and everyone seems to forget their families and who they really are.

Now Shura must do everything he can to cling on to his memories, and to escape…

Read more on the Penguin Random House website. And on the Book Trust website, you can read a synopsis and sample translation by Maria Kozlovskaya Wiltshire. The Raven’s Children was one of four winning titles in the 2017 round of the In Other Words project to promote children’s literature in translation. It was a huge privilege to be asked to translate it for Puffin Books.

I’m now deep in the process of editing my translation of this amazing novel. More to follow when I’m done!