Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris (Signed Bookplate Edition)

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Black Butterflies distils into a single consciousness a nation’s violent trauma and an artist’s sense of hope. Your copy will include a bookplate signed by the Author.

Published 20 April 2023

About the Book…


Each night, nationalist gangs erect barricades, splitting the diverse city into ethnic enclaves; each morning, the residents – whether Muslim, Croat or Serb – push the makeshift barriers aside.

When violence finally spills over, Zora, an artist and teacher, sends her husband and elderly mother to safety with her daughter in England. Reluctant to believe that hostilities will last more than a handful of weeks, she stays behind while the city falls under siege. As the assault deepens and everything they love is laid to waste, black ashes floating over the rooftops, Zora and her friends are forced to rebuild themselves, over and over. Theirs is a breathtaking story of disintegration, resilience and hope.

About the Author…

Priscilla Morris is the daughter of a Yugoslav mother and a Cornish father. She grew up in London, spending summers in Sarajevo, and studied at Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia, where she gained her PhD in Creative Writing. She teaches Creative Writing at University College Dublin and currently lives between Ireland and Spain. Black Butterflies is her debut novel and has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023.




Priscilla Morris



Page Count



20 April 2023


Duckworth Books

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