The Crane Wife

Patrick Ness

All stories begin before they start and never, ever finish
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness (Paperback ISBN 9780857868749) book cover

Available as Paperback, eBook, Downloadable audio

The breakout adult novel from bestselling YA author of The Knife of Never Letting Go and A Monster Calls


One night, George Duncan is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly away, his life is transformed. The next day, a beautiful woman called Kumiko walks into his shop and begins to tell him the most extraordinary story.

Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.

“Patrick Ness is on top form here … The Crane Wife is a tale full of bittersweet wonder with a very human soul. A treat.”
Matt Haig

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The Crane Wife is a special novel: a perfect fusion of surreal imagery and beautifully crafted internal logic. Turning it over in my hands once I’d finished, I began to think of it as the literary equivalent of a Japanese puzzle box with poetry, ideas and jokes twisting and sliding out of it at surprising angles”
Helen Brown
daily Telegraph

“Delightful and heart-warming”

“The dialogue is natural and inspired, and sparkles with latent tension”
independent On Sunday

“A lovely and magical book”
T.c. Boyle

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the author of many novels including The Knife of Never Letting Go and a short story collection. He has won the Carnegie Medal twice, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Children’s Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Waterstones UK Author of the Year category in the 2013 National Book Awards. In 2012, his bestselling novel A Monster Calls became the first ever to win both the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals. His books are published in over twenty languages. Born in America, he lives in London.