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The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird

All of us know how to tell a story but some of us are better storytellers than others. The main character of ‘The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird’ is an exceptional storyteller. Ricky Bird has a remarkable talent for reimagining and repackaging the world around her. Storytelling is her special talent, her way of gift-wrapping her truth.


When Ricky encounters trouble and has no one she can turn to or trust, it’s her stories that carry her through. She throws them out like a radar to see what bounces back. A good or funny story will attract acceptance and friendship. A clever or absurd story will help deflect conflict. As the novel progresses and Ricky finds herself increasingly isolated and silenced, her stories become urgent.

'Beautifully written, heartbreakingly funny and deeply moving.'


'An enduring lesson about the power of imagination and storytelling.'


'Sensitively written and beautifully expressed, it reduced me to tears but also made me smile. Ricky Bird will touch your heart as well as break it.'


‘Fierce and wonderful and utterly singular, Ricky embodies the sheer joy and transformative power of storytelling. This is a character you don’t want to let go.’

KATE MILDENHALL, author of The Mother Fault and Skylarking

‘A wise, tender but unflinching portrait of an ordinary family and the unordinary girl at its heart. Ricky – fragile, tough, endearing and funny – is a fabulous creation. She’ll walk around in my world all year, and more.’
KRISTINA OLSSON, author of Shell and Boy, Lost

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