Ian Serraillier

The Silver Sword
  • The Silver Sword

  • Ian Serraillier

    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of this much-loved children’s classic.

    When the Germans invade Poland in 1939, the Balicki family are suddenly torn apart by war. The children head to Switzerland with street urchin Jan, hoping to track down their parents and clinging to the silver sword as a symbol of hope. On the way, Ruth, Bronia, Edek and Jan must avoid the Burgomaster, who hunts Polish refugees.

    This moving account of their epic journey brings to life the reality of a Europe laid waste by war.

    Starring Sarah McDonald Hughes, Stephen Hoyle and Hester Cox.

Ian Serraillier (1912-1994), was a British novelist and poet. Born in London, he was educated at Brighton College, and took his degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was best known for his children's books, especially The Silver Sword published in 1956. As well as children's novels and poetry, Serrailler produced his own retellings of classic tales, in prose and verse, including Beowulf, Chaucer and the Greek myths. Together with his wife Anne he founded the New Windmill Series in 1948, published by Heinemann Educational Books, which set out to provide inexpensive editions of good stories.