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On 29 September HarperCollins will publish the extraordinary new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See – one of the bestselling novels of our time, with 9.3 million copies sold worldwide. 

Cloud Cuckoo Land follows three storylines: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city wall during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour and gentle octogenarian Zeno, in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for a distant exoplanet, decades from now. A single copy of an ancient text — the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to the paradise of Cloud Cuckoo Land — provides solace, mystery, and the most profound human connection to these five unforgettable characters. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Zeno, Seymour, and Konstance are dreamers and misfits struggling to survive and finding resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.


Anthony Doerr on Cloud Cuckoo Land:

‘The world we’re handing our kids brims with challenges: climate instability, pandemics, disinformation. I wanted this novel to reflect those anxieties, but also offer meaningful hope, so I tried to create a tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness — with other species, with each other, with the ones who lived before us, and the ones who will be here after we’re gone. Along the way, Cloud Cuckoo Land became a paean to libraries large and small, and to our species’ extraordinary capacity to transmit stories from generation to generation.’


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About the author

Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, currently in development as a Netflix limited series. He is also the author of two story collections, Memory Wall and The Shell Collector; the novel About Grace; and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.


What readers are saying about Cloud Cuckoo Land

‘David Mitchell with extra heart’
—Justine Jordan

‘As the pieces of this magical literary puzzle snap together, a flicker of hope is sparked for our benighted world’
—Kirkus reviews

‘OMG, we are living with a master storyteller … by far the best novel I have read in a long time’
—Kev Guy, Avid Reader

—Kerry, Lane Bookshop

‘The is going to be my book of the year’
—Bookworms & Papermites

‘This book is a triumph. I’d give it ten stars if I could’
***** Reader Review

‘Wow wow wow! All the Light We Cannot See was beautiful, but this excels the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by far!’
***** Reader Review


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To win one of 10 copies of Cloud Cuckoo Land, please email with the Subject: Win Cloud Cuckoo Land




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