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Strange Heart Beating

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Book (nominee)
A breathtaking debut from an author whose vision is both acerbic and tender. Seb's beautiful, beloved wife Leda has been killed by a swan. With a name like that, with a bizarre family history like hers, it isn't really surprising.

Seb has a grip on her story and its aesthetics; he knows how it should go. Except that he doesn't. Sorting through her belongings after her death, he comes across a packet of unopened letters from a man whom Leda has never mentioned. It is a loose detail in the thread of his narrative that, when pulled, unravels the whole story of his marriage. Who is this stranger who knew her so well? Why did she flee her home village in Latvia? What happened to her as a young woman in London? Who, Seb wonders, was his wife?

Floundering professionally and sunk by grief, he decides to travel to Latvia to find her. He is met, instead, with the living ghosts of her past, all of whom knew a fragment of Leda - but none of whom are willing to share their secrets with him.

A darkly funny and seductive story that confronts the black undercurrent of possession inherent in love, and the impossibility of ever truly knowing even those dearest to us.



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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strange Heart Beating
Author(s): Eli Goldstone
ISBN: 1-78378-350-8 / 978-1-78378-350-2 (UK edition)
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strange Heart Beating
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ISBN: 1-78378-349-4 / 978-1-78378-349-6 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: Strange Heart Beating
Author(s): Eli Goldstone
ISBN: 1-4894-4012-7 / 978-1-4894-4012-9 (Australia edition)
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September 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Strange Heart Beating
Author(s): Eli Goldstone
ISBN: 1-4894-0658-1 / 978-1-4894-0658-3 (Australia edition)
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September 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Strange Heart Beating
Author(s): Eli Goldstone
ISBN: 1-4894-0659-X / 978-1-4894-0659-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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September 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Strange Heart Beating
Author(s): Eli Goldstone
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Strange Heart Beating
Author(s): Eli Goldstone
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2017 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Strange Heart Beating
Author(s): Eli Goldstone
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU