Close to the Wind

By Jon Walter

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A war-torn country . . . a town that is burning.

A single ship waits at the port for those who can escape. How can a boy and his grandfather hope to get on board? And will they find his mother before it leaves?

When Papa meets two old friends, he makes a deal that could save them all. But this is only the beginning of the journey for Malik. If he is to escape, he will need all of his courage, his sense of right and wrong and a magic trick that he must practise till it’s perfect.

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Published by : David Fickling Books

Date: 03 July 2014

ISBN: 978-191020056

Format: Hardback

Price : £10.99

Jon Walter

Jon Walter is a former photo-journalist who lives in East Sussex.

A long time ago he went to Warwick University and studied English & Theatre before going on to sell T-shirts on Brighton Pier.

He likes being warm in cold places and eating nice food. 

Reviews of Close to the Wind

Wondrous Reads

David Fickling Books have just launched their brand new list as an independent publisher, and they've certainly kicked it off in a grand style befitting the calibre of books they publish. Close to the Wind is a brilliant, well-written debut novel with memorable characters and important themes and issues running through every page, and I enjoyed it so much I want to read it again!


Jon Walter has crafted a fine story of what it means to be human, how a changing world doesn't mean the end of all things and that life must go on even in the face of immeasurable loss. I really can't wait to see what he writes next.

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The Overflowing Library

Close to the Wind is a beautiful read which I thoroughly enjoyed and captivated by throughout. 

I was captivated by Malik and his Grandfather's story and their mission to escape their home in a country which has become a scary place. The methods and lengths they have to go to in order to survive are jaw dropping and you feel for them every step of the way. The story was told from Malik and seeing how things play out from his more innocent point of view is utterly heartbreaking. For me this book is about family and the lengths you go to keep those you hold dear safe. 

All in all a beautiful and heartbreaking read which you will not be able to finish dry eyed.

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