The Heart Broke In

James Meek

She loved herself, and her body’s resistance to all those poisons was the exact measure of how indestructibly young and beautiful she felt she was
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Shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award 2012


Bec Shepherd is a scientist struggling to lead a good life

Ritchie, her brother, is a TV star with skeletons in his closet

Alex wants a family if he could only meet the right woman

… One man has the information to destroy them all

“James Meek’s new novel has all the urgent readability of his previous work combined with a wide-ranging vision of social and personal responsibility that’s very rare in current fiction. I suppose we could call it a moral thriller. Whatever we call it, I was enormously impressed.”
philip Pullman

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“Addictive … Meek is a novelist of Dostoevskyan intensity and seriousness … Terrific … You have to admire the scope and ambition of this operatic saga”

“Intelligent, compelling and epic in scale”
woman & Home

“Page-turning and absorbing”
Victoria Moore
daily Mail

“James Meek is Britain’s answer to Don DeLillo”
Brian Morton

James Meek

James Meek was born in London in 1962 and grew up in Dundee. His novel The People’s Act of Love(2005) won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the SAC Book of the Year Award, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and has been published in more than thirty countries. His latest novel The Heart Broke In (2012) was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award 2012 and his novel We Are Now Beginning our Descent (2008) won the Prince Maurice Prize. He is the author of two other novels and two collections of short stories. His journalism has won a number of British and international awards. He lives in London.