The Heart Broke In

The Heart Broke In

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AUTHOR: James Meek
PUBLISHED: 30th August 2012
ISBN: 9780857862907
£17.99

Would you betray someone you love to give them what they want?

Bec Shepherd is a malaria researcher struggling to lead a good life. Ritchie, her reprobate brother, is a rock star turned TV producer.

When Bec refuses an offer of marriage from a powerful newspaper editor and Ritchie's indiscretions catch up with him, brother and sister are forced to choose between loyalty and betrayal.

The Heart Broke In is an old-fashioned story of modern times, a rich, ambitious family drama of love, death and money in the era of gene therapy and Internet exposes.

From the author of the 'spellbinding' (Guardian), 'quite extraordinary' (Philip Pullman), 'startlingly original' (Mail on Sunday) novel, The People's Act of Love
'Addictive . . . Meek is a novelist of Dostoevskyan intensity . . . encompassing blackmail, murder and sexual infidelity. You have to admire the scope and ambition of this operatic saga', Guardian
'A book about how to be good in bad times', BBC Radio 4
'<I>The Heart Broke In</I> has a Dickensian cast list [and] Meek's range, humour and boldness are a joy', Louise Doughty, Observer
'This is a big juicy slab of a book, as thrilling and nourishing as a Victorian three-parter', Whynn Weldon, Spectator
'Set in the near future, [Meek's] sinister media underworld hits on the zeitgeist . . . the characterisation is affectionate and the story is gripping', We Love This Book

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