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The Spoiled Heart - Sunjeev Sahota

The Spoiled Heart

By: Sunjeev Sahota

Paperback | 23 April 2024

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From the twice Booker-nominated author of The Year of the Runaways and China Room, The Spoiled Heart is a magnificent novel of love, community and politics, set at the edge of the Peak District, and with a deeply moving family mystery at its heart

Nayan Olak keeps seeing Helen Fletcher around town and on his daily run out to the Peaks. She's come back to the old house at the end of the lane, with her teenaged son, Brandon, though nobody seems to remember much about her. Some trouble at school, back in the day. A certain defensiveness. Nayan is powerfully drawn to her, though he doesn't quite know why.

He hasn't risked love since he lost his young family in a terrible accident twenty years before. All his energy has gone into work at the union, trying to make the world better, fairer, as he sees it, as he would have wanted it for his son, and he's now running for the leadership against accomplished newcomer, Megha. It's a huge moment for Nayan, the culmination of everything he believes. But as he grows closer to Helen, and to the possibility that their pasts may have been connected, much more is suddenly threatened than his chances of winning.

A magnificent and multi-layered account of one man's inexorable fall, The Spoiled Heart is an explosively contemporary story of secrets and assumptions whose consequences could never have been imagined. It is a blazing achievement from one of our very finest novelists.

About the Author

Sunjeev Sahota is the highly acclaimed author of Ours Are the Streets, The Year of the Runaways and China Room. The Year of the Runaways was shortlisted for the 2015 Booker Prize and the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and won the Encore Prize, the South Bank Sky Arts Award, and the European Union Prize for Literature. China Room was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize, the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Sahota was chosen as one of the Granta Best of Young British Novelists 2013 and is a fellow of the RSL. He lives in Sheffield and teaches at Durham University. The Spoiled Heart is his fourth novel.
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Billed to be his breakout... [The Spoiled Heart is] sure to be something special * Daily Mail, *Books to Look Out For 2024* *

Incisive and poignant, his [Sahota's] fourth novel cuts to the merciless core of the culture wars, engaging with issues of loyalty, identity, inequality and community, and tracing the unforeseen consequences of actions that ripple through the years * Bookseller *

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