Book Club: Tears of Amber by Sofía Segovia


Join our regular Book Club for a discussion of Sofía Segovia's family saga 'Tears of Amber'.

'Tears of Amber' is the latest novel from the bestselling author of 'The Murmur of Bees'. Inspired by real events and set in Prussia before, during and after WWI, it's a transportive novel of two families uprooted by war and united by the bonds of love and courage.


With war looming dangerously close, Ilse’s school days soon turn to lessons of survival. In the harshness of winter, her family must join the largest exodus in human history to survive. As battle lines are drawn and East Prussia’s borders vanish beneath them, they leave their farm and all they know behind for an uncertain future.

But Ilse also has Janusz, her family’s young Polish laborer, by her side. As they flee from the Soviet army, his enchanting folktales keep her mind off the cold, the hunger, and the horrors unfolding around them. He tells her of a besieged kingdom in the Baltic Sea from which spill the amber tears of a heartbroken queen.

Neither of them realizes his stories will prove crucial and prophetic.
Not far away, trying and failing to flee from a vengeful army, Arno and his mother hide in the ruins of a Königsberg mansion, hoping that once the war ends they can reunite their dispersed family. But their stay in the walled city proves untenable when they find themselves dodging bombs and scavenging in the rubble. Soon they’ll become pawns caught between two powerful enemies, on a journey with an unknown destination.

Hope carries these children caught in the crosshairs of war on an extraordinary pilgrimage in which the gift of an amber teardrop is at once a valuable form of currency and a symbol of resilience, one that draws them together against insurmountable odds.

Content note: This book contains themes of war, loss and suffering which some readers may find upsetting and/or triggering. Please note that content notes are based on information available online; LU Arts staff do not read the novels in advance of them being chosen by book club.

About Book Club

Our Book Club is open to all current and former students and staff of Loughborough University. We typically meet every six weeks to discuss a book chosen by our members. These are usually, but not always, novels. The group is continuing to meet virtually, with a group video call and a forum on Good Reads. Members are welcome to contribute through one or both of these. You will need to become a member in order to access the online meetings.

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