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A Heart Bent Out of Shape

Emylia Hall

9 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

An stunning novel about the lost and the lonely, and the paths we walk when driven by desire, sorrow or need.

For Hadley Dunn, life so far has been uneventful - no great loves, no searing losses. But that's before she decides to spend a year studying in the glittering Swiss city of Lausanne, a place that feels alive with promise. Here Hadley meets Kristina, a beautiful but elusive Danish girl, and the two quickly form the strongest of bonds. Yet one November night, as the first snows of winter arrive, tragedy strikes.

Hadley, left reeling and guilt-stricken, beings to lean on the only other person to whom she feels close, her American Literature professor Joel Wilson. But as the pair try to uncover the truth of what happened that night, their tentative friendship heads into forbidden territory. And before long a line is irrevocably crossed, everything changes, and two already complicated lives take an even more dangerous course...

A HEART BENT OUT OF SHAPE is the story of a first love, a terrible tragedy, a snow-filled paradise; a year that will never be forgotten.

Praise for Emylia Hall:

'Enchanting and vivid... an amazing debut' Cosmopolitan

'Beautifully nuanced' Spectator

'Fantastically evocative and sun-drenched' Stylist

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Praise for A Heart Bent Out of Shape

  • As tender and insightful as it is gripping... the sheer joy of being young and alive is shining out on every page - Susan Fletcher, author of EVE GREEN

  • Praise for Emylia Hall:

  • 'Enchanting and vivid... an amazing debut' - Cosmopolitan

  • Beautifully nuanced - Spectator

  • Fantastically evocative and sun-drenched - Stylist

  • A compelling coming-of-age story with a superb twist - Easy Living

  • [An] emotive novel not to be missed - Star

  • [A] crystalline tale... A novel that glints with passion, loss and doubt - Marie Claire

  • A thriller, coming-of-age story and love letter to Switzerland, all in one - Good Housekeeping

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Emylia Hall

Emylia Hall was born in 1978 and grew up in the Devon countryside. She is the author of The Book of Summers, which was a Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick in 2012, A Heart Bent Out of Shape, The Sea Between Us and The Thousand Lights Hotel. She lives in Bristol with her husband, the writer Robin Etherington, and their young son.

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