By Malcolm Duffy
Head of Zeus

15-year-old Kateryno and her family live in Kharkiv. Their lives are shattered when on February 24th 2022 the Russian army invades. Their apartment block is struck by a missile.

After weeks living in their basement, Kateryno, her mother, and brother, decide to leave, joining seven million Ukrainian refugees. They come to England and meet their host family, the Hawkins. But their new beginning brings a whole new set of problems.


About the author

Photo by James W. Fortune

Malcolm Duffy is a Geordie born and bred, but now lives in Surrey with his wife and daughters. His debut, Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and, alongside Sofa Surfer and Read Between the Lies, has won and been shortlisted for multiple regional awards. All four of his books have been Sunday Times Children’s Books of the Week. 

“I’m delighted Seven Million Sunflowers has been chosen as part of the Nottingham City of Literature Big City Reads campaign. The war in Ukraine has created one of the world’s biggest ever refugee crises, with over seven million people fleeing their country. The story helps turn the spotlight on their plight, showing the courage, resilience and humility of those who have fled their homeland for life in a new country.”

– Malcolm Duffy, author of Seven Million Sunflowers

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