All the Little Bird Hearts - Mondays from 6th May

All the Little Bird Hearts - Mondays from 6th May

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Read and discuss this beautifully written, lyrical story of new neighbours disturbing a mother and daughter's carefully constructed world    


  • Join this book club and gain extra motivation to read in English
  • 6 hours of live classes to help you develop fluent speaking in English
  • Read this book to discuss Sicilian folklore, families, friendship, class and autism 
  • Be corrected by an expert English teacher to remove errors and mistakes

Practise and develop your English online in this 6 week course using All the Little Bird Hearts by Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow.  Each week you read some chapters, discuss them in class and improve specific areas of vocabulary or grammar while also examining literary aspects of the novel.  Personalised feedback improves your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The Book Club book

This poetic book is really memorable - the story of an autistic mother and free-spirited daughter whose lives change when a charming new couple move in next door.  

The mother, Sunday Forrester, is neuro-diverse - she doesn't understand the world in the way that most people do, for example sometimes being compelled to only eat white foods.  Social situations are confusing for her, despite reading her etiquette handbook of how people should behave.  Another source of how things should be comes from her mother's family - the folk stories from her Sicilian heritage.  Sunday lives with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Dolly, her clever, independent-minded, teenage daughter.

Into this world come Vita and Rollo, their new next door neighbours.  With their elegance and charm what impact will they have on the structured and controlled world that Sunday has created?  And what will be the impact on Dolly, and the relationship between mother and daughter, especially since Vita has always wanted a daughter like Dolly...

'Delicate and strong... I loved it' Maggie O'Farrell'
'Darkly vivacious... mesmerising' 
Financial Times
'A triumph' 
Daily Telegraph

Geoff says:

"I highly recommend this if you like a beautifully written, lyrical style.  I also loved the way that traditional beliefs, customs and stories from Sicily are weaved into this great narrative."

Only 8 places available.  Click Add to Cart to reserve your place.

The book
  • Genre: Psychological fiction; domestic fiction
  • Language: British English
  • Suitable for: Advanced - people familiar with reading in English
  • Text: Original
  • Length: Slightly shorter than average - 88,803 words/59 pages a week
Dates & time
  • Mondays from 6th May-10th June  
  • 18.30 CET (Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome & most EU);
  • 17.30 (UTC+1/GMT+1) London, UK, Portugal
  • 19.30 CET Turkey, Greece, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, 
  • 12.30 EDT Boston/New York
Age 18+
Online class size Maximum 8 participants, on Zoom, using break-out rooms for increased speaking and discussion
What you learn
  • To confidently speak and debate with others
  • To overcome any gaps by paraphrasing or rephrasing
  • To eradicate errors in grammar and pronunciation 
  • To develop and extend areas of high level vocabulary
  • To be immersed in the natural patterns of English syntax
  • To gain a deeper understanding of cultural issues
  • To perfect & enhance your English through summarising
Your teacher
  • Geoff Hardy-Gould, BSc, MBA, CTEFLA, DTEFLA. 
  • Over 20 years' experience of UK language schools. 
  • Speaker at:  2024 IATEFL Conference; 2023 IATEFL TechLit! Exploring crossovers between technology and literature; 2022 Extensive Reading Foundation; 2021 TESOL Italia