Freya North: Little Wing

This rreview is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review Little Wing.


Little Wing is the powerful story of two families over three generations.

In the 1960s, a pregnant 16-year-old is banished to one of the remotest parts of the UK. Years later, Nell and Dougie are both at critical moments in their lives when their paths cross. Between Camden, Colchester and the Outer Hebrides, the three story lines collide when secrets are uncovered and answers sought.

Little Wing is a novel about resilience, forgiveness and the true meaning of family, about finding one’s place in the world and discovering how we all belong somewhere and to someone.


I’ve never read anything by Freya North before but I was thoroughly impressed by her writing. She has the ability to create a wonderful sense of place using incredibly vivid descriptions and evoke strong emotions in the reader that allowed me to connect with this novel really well. 

The majority of Little Wing is told from the perspectives of Nell and Dougie. It is inevitable that their paths will cross at some point although it does take a while for the connection between them to become clear. I enjoyed learning about the background of their characters. It is clear that they have both been through difficult times and I immediately felt sympathy for both of them and felt invested in their story.

The themes in Little Wing are not unusual, but I loved that North adds a slight twist to them so that the novel does not follow the formula we are used to. This is helped by the sections of Flora’s diary as I felt it was really important to see her point of view. I was pleasantly surprised by Little Wing and I would definitely read something by this author again. 

Little Wing is available from Amazon.

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