The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

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'the most beautifully written and crafted novel ... heartbreaking' Santa Montefiore

'It's been a long time since I read anything so compelling and satisfying. At times, incredibly funny, at others, heartrending' - Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man

Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he's never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known.

And so begins one man's desperate search to find his place in the world. Unspooling and unseeing, Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage, finally, take it?

Winner of the 2018 Glass Bell Award for standout storytelling.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 32mm | 492g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784161004
  • 9781784161002
  • 663

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Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
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"Tender, dark, hilarious, heartbreaking-I loved it" * Vogue * "It's been a long time since I read anything so compelling and satisfying. At times, incredibly funny, at others, heartrending" -- Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man "'the most beautifully written and crafted novel ... heartbreaking'" * Santa Montefiore * "By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad . . . This is a novelist at the top of his game." * The Mail on Sunday * "I ran through the whole range of human emotions while reading this brilliant novel. It's a masterpiece." -- Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love "Screamingly funny one minute and heartbreaking the next." * Daily Express * "A special read" * BBC Radio 4 Front Row * "Boyne creates lightness out of doom, humour out of desperately sad situations, creating a compelling page-turner... a terrific read." * The Press Association * "An epic novel.... Worthy of the great master of the Irish comic novel, Flann O'Brien. The Heart's Invisible Furies proves that John is not just one of Ireland's best living novelists but also one of the best novelists of Ireland." * Sunday Express * "Written with verve, humour and heart...at its core, The Heart's Invisible Furies aspires to be not just the tale of Cyril Avery, a man buffeted by coincidence and circumstance, but the story of Ireland itself" * Irish Times *
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About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of ten novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. In 2015, John chaired the panel for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award. The Heart's Invisible Furies is his most ambitious novel yet.
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37,153 ratings
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