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Celia Brayfield's Heartswap follows on from her earlier successes--Pearls, Harvest, Getting Home and Sunset--and returns to familiar territory: the perennial battles and misunderstandings between the 21st century sexes. The novel begins with transatlantic e-mails between two old friends discussing their impending marriages, Flora to Dillon, "Financial products design. 6ft 2in. Buns of custard", and Georgie to Felix, a medical researcher investigating the mysteries of "Lightoller's Syndrome". All seems well until their glacial, glamorous former boss Donna suggests that they try to seduce each other's man as a trial of their fidelity and commitment. Against Flora and Georgie's better instincts both find themselves playing the game. To their relief, they find that their initial attempts at seduction are rebuffed but then as Heartswap is at pains to insist, men are never as simple nor as reliable as that. The prose is sometimes lacking in wit and humour, the "guys" are rather stereotypical and the story spirals into increasingly black and rather unexpected territory. However, Brayfield's novel is still a well-observed and acerbic comedy of manners between the sexes in "the economic acropolis of London" at the beginning of the new millennium. --Lucy Snowe

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Hardback Editions

2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Heartswap
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
ISBN: 0-7540-1479-7 / 978-0-7540-1479-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Heartswap
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
ISBN: 0-316-85183-3 / 978-0-316-85183-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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Paperback Editions

November 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Heartswap
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
ISBN: 1-4927-8118-5 / 978-1-4927-8118-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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October 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Heartswap (Bello)
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
ISBN: 1-4472-3080-9 / 978-1-4472-3080-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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April 2001 : Paperback

Title: Heartswap
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
ISBN: 4444406739 / 978-4444406734
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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April 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Heartswap
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
ISBN: 0-7515-3140-5 / 978-0-7515-3140-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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November 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: Heartswap
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
ISBN: 0-7862-2811-3 / 978-0-7862-2811-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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June 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Heartswap
Author(s): Brayfield
ISBN: 0-316-85182-5 / 978-0-316-85182-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Time Warner Books UK
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Audio Editions

June 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Heartswap
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
ISBN: 0-7531-0872-0 / 978-0-7531-0872-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Heart Swap
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
Publisher: CB Creative Books
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October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Heartswap (Bello)
Author(s): Celia Brayfield
Publisher: Bello
Availability: Amazon UK