Little Bits of Sky


In their memory box at Skilly House, Ira and Zac have a single photograph of their mother holding them, her face obscured by a large, black dog. Over the years, their memory box fills with paintings, photographs, memorabilia from their foster families, and experiences with the other children who come into and leave from Skilly House. When they take their first holiday, to Martha in the country, Ira dares to dream of a world beyond the sky outside the bedroom she shares with her brother.

Ira shares the story of her life in care, in ‘Little Bits of Sky’, from the late 1980’s to the start of the 1990s, punctuated by the Poll Tax riots, the demolition of the Berlin Wall, and Ira’s emergence from the shadow of her brother and a life suppressed.

‘Little Bits of Sky‘ is a lovely book; subtle, meaningful and really worth reading.


Little Bits of Sky

S.E. Durrant

(Nosy Crow)

‘Little Bits of Sky’ is a warm, heartfelt, stirring story of a life in care. Its gentle tone and thoughtful main character offer a meaningful, lingering reading experience. We join Ira and Zac as they live through the care home system, seeking a ‘forever’ home, a family, and a guarantee of togetherness.

Nominated for the Branford- Boase Award 2017.


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