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Across Mountains, Land and Sea

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781409199328

Price: £22

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Arman is just a boy when he is forced to leave his home and embark on the most extraordinary journey.

Separated from family and friends, he travels across mountains, land and sea to find refuge. After encountering bandits, war and wolves, and surviving a hazardous boat crossing, he arrives at Dover, clinging to the underside of a lorry.

Little did he know, his journey had just begun.

Unable to speak English, Arman battles loneliness, despair and the reawakening of his traumas in this new strange place. Memories of his family haunt him. The dark clouds almost consume him. And still he persists, step-by-step.

What follows is a struggle for self-understanding, and the great strength it takes to overcome the trauma we carry. Running through is the long journey to find peace, and how education is the most powerful tool to seeing one’s life through new eyes.

This is the unforgettable, heartfelt and transformative story, from a child who deserved to live in safety, not flee in fear. Arman’s is a powerful new voice you won’t forget and Across Mountains, Land and Sea the perfect book for fans of I Am Malala, Educated and Butterfly.


The clean narrative delivers brutal realities. I was left reeling at one boy's journey, his courage, the unflinching honesty. It is a timely work and an essential read. Full of humanity and grace.
Melody Razak, author of MOTH
This book helps us make sense of the human condition. It's a courageous and energetic exploration that invites us to understand more about the world, and our own experiences. Azadi elucidates complex situations with poetic grace and impact.
Charlotte Fox Weber, author of WHAT WE WANT