When the Music Stops
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This is the story of Ella.


And Robert.


And of all the things they should have said, but never did.




'What have you been up to?'


I shrug, 'Just existing, I guess.'


'Looks like more than just existing.'


Robert gestures at the baby, the lifeboat, the ocean.


'All right, not existing. Surviving.'


He laughs, not unkindly. 'Sounds grim.'


'It wasn't so bad, really. But I wish you'd been there.'



Ella has known Robert all her life. Through seven key moments and seven key people their journey intertwines.

From the streets of Glasgow during WW2 to the sex, drugs and rock n' roll of London in the 60s and beyond, this is a story of love and near misses. Of those who come in to our lives and leave it too soon. And of those who stay with you forever...
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Product details

  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0008293236
  • 9780008293239

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'Strikingly brilliant' Sun



'An exceptional book' Dundee Courier



'This year's Eleanor Oliphant' Claire Allan


'Astonishing' Ruth Hogan


'A tender, tense drama about love and the unexpected places you can find it' Sunday Express


'A quirky love story which promises to make you see the world in a completely new way' Daily Mail


'Joe Heap's fascinating debut makes you think about the things most of us take for granted'Good Housekeeping


'An inspiring story of love, loss and friendship' #1 bestselling author Catherine Alliott


'It really made me re-evaluate how I see the world...outstanding'Katy Regan, author of Big Little Man


'A book that reveals the world in a different light and changes the way you see it...Extraordinary' Sunday Times bestseller Miranda Dickinson


'Startlingly, outstandingly good' Benjamin Ludwig, author of Ginny Moon
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About Joe Heap

Joe Heap was born in 1986 and grew up in Bradford, the son of two teachers. In 2004, he won the Foyle Young Poets award, and he is a published poet. He studied for a BA in English Literature at Stirling University and a Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. Joe lives in London with his long-suffering girlfriend, short-suffering baby, and much-aggrieved cat. The Rules of Seeing is his first novel.
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