The Zookeeper of Belfast

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Uplifting and Highly Original: Take a Sneak Peek at S. Kirk Walsh's The Zookeeper of Belfast

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22 March 2021

Uplifting and Highly Original: Take a Sneak Peek at S. Kirk Walsh's The Zookeeper of Belfast

    Deeply Moving, Beautifully Written: Read our Review of The Zookeeper of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh

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    22 March 2021

    Deeply Moving, Beautifully Written: Read our Review of The Zookeeper of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh

      Synopsis

      A stunning World War Two novel for fans of Natasha Lester, Heather Morris, Kate Furnivall, Mandy Robotham, based on a true story. As the bombs rain down on the city, Belfast's first ever female zookeeper must fight to save the baby elephant in her charge in this gripping, uplifting tale based on a true story. 1941. With the men away fighting, animal-lover Hettie Quin is made Belfast Zoo's first ever female zookeeper. She is put in charge of Violet, a three-year-old Indian elephant, and they soon form a special bond. With Violet at her side, Hettie can almost escape the grim reality of her life: the father who has abandoned her family; the sister who recently died; the war that's raging hundreds of miles away. But the devastation of war is closer than she thought. When the bombs begin to rain down on the city, Hettie must gather all her courage to protect those she loves the most. Can she save Violet - and get through unscathed herself?
      S. Kirk Walsh
      About the author

      S. Kirk Walsh

      S. Kirk Walsh is a writer living in Austin, Texas. Her work has been widely published in The New York Times Book ReviewLongreadsStoryQuarterly, and Electric Literature, among other publications. Over the years, she has been a resident at Ucross, Yaddo, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Walsh is the founder of Austin Bat Cave, a writing and tutoring center that provides free writing workshops for young writers throughout Austin.

      Books by S. Kirk Walsh

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