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Flying with Kites

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The Wishing Shelf 2013 Bronze Award winner
When you have lost everything, how far would you go?

What would you do to protect your child?

The war in Kosovo has already been relegated to the history books but in his debut novel Alan Reynolds reminds us of the brutality and futility of this tragic conflict.

In a powerful and moving account, we follow the plight of Katya Gjikoll
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Fisher King
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Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
The cover of this book is an eye catching start to a journey that begins in Eastern Europe and moves rapidly West to the UK. A bright, colourful kite on a heavy, grey watercolour background, a bleakness perhaps symbolising the stark reality of the war in Kosovo at the end of the 1990s; or perhaps reflecting the grey climate that can pervade the North East of England, where the majority of the novel takes place. The author, Alan Reynolds, captures both Kosovo and Newcastle/Gateshead with clarity ...more
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Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Book Review From Molly Overton
Reaching the end of an emotional read, I closed this book with goosebumps creeping on my arms.
On multiple occasions while reading the novel, I was on the verge of tears, if not already wiping them away. I grew very fond of the characters and became emotionally entwined with them in their struggles to survive. Survival is a common theme in Flying with Kites with each character coping as he or she knows how to best. The main character, Katya Gjikolli, a Kosovan Englis
Billy Buttons
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was recently entered and was a bronze medalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:


Author: Alan Reynolds
Title: Flying with Kites

COVER: 10/10
The readers loved the cover. They thought the image of the kite was powerful and the font/lettering was appropriate to the genre and plot. One reader put in her feedback, ‘I know it’s important not to judge a book by the cover but I often do anyway. And I know a lot of people do. Anyway, I loved this cover. It
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I should have loved this book, and other reviews have been really positive – see Amazon and Alan’s own blog.

It just didn’t do it for me, and I can’t seem to put my finger on the reason why. I enjoyed the beginning section, following Katya as she is caught in the midst of the Kosovan conflict of the late 1990’s, But, from chapter five onwards, I really really struggled with this book.

I think the main thing I struggled with was Reynolds’ writing style. It, to me, felt clunky in places and I have
Alan Reynolds
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The story begins with a shocking personal drama in war torn eastern Europe and concludes with equal pace on the estates of North East England. Reynold's characters are believable and well developed and he does not pull his punches as he explores the brutal realities of their lives. The pace throughout is well maintained and there are several well constructed plot twists. The style and trans-culture genre are similar to 'Last Resort', 'Yasmin' and 'Dirty Pretty Things'. This is a great first nove ...more
Martin Waight
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book starts off in Kosovo and moves to the Newcastle area. Both locations are believable and move the story along. Non Geordie dialect speakers may worry about some of the words but their presence makes you feel as though you are also in that Tower Block experiencing the changes that the subject is going through. I liked this first story from this author. It has a good pace and made me want to read on.

I was provided with a review copy from TripFiction and am grateful to them for a chance to
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, its like 2 stories in one really. The first bit is about Kayta's life in Kosovo and then the second part is about her life when she comes across to the UK.

It gives you a good insight into what life must have been like for refugees coming to this country and why they had to come here.

Well worth reading, I hope there is going to be a follow up to the story as it ends with un-answered questions!

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