The Spoiled Heart (Hardback)
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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 25/04/2024
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From the acclaimed author of The Year of the Runaways and China Room comes a powerful tale of love and politics, as a union representative finds his prospects threatened by an alluring figure from his past.

Set at the edge of the Peak district, the story of an impossible love, a family's loss, and the desire to make a better world - from the Booker-shortlisted author of The Year of the Runaways

Nayan Olak keeps seeing Helen Fletcher around town and on his daily run out to the Peaks. She’s come back to the old house at the end of the lane, with her teenaged son, Brandon, though nobody seems to remember much about her. Some trouble at school, back in the day. A certain defensiveness. Nayan is powerfully drawn to her, though he doesn’t quite know why.

He hasn’t risked love since he lost his young family in a terrible accident twenty years before. All his energy has gone into work at the union, where he’s now running for the leadership against accomplished newcomer, Megha. It’s a huge moment for Nayan, the culmination of everything he believes. But as he grows closer to Helen, and to the possibility that their pasts may have been connected, much more is suddenly threatened than his chances of winning.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787304079
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 446 g
Dimensions: 225 x 146 x 31 mm


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An enormously sensitive novelist who works assiduously to shed light on life as it is lived, his characters always tangibly real, and fully three-dimensional. The Spoiled Heart balances its various narratives with subtle skill and a page-turning tension. Engrossing - i

Reads like several books in one... The pages fly. If it doesn’t get Sahota on the Booker longlist again, I’ll be very disappointed - The Times

Perfectly paced…[and] gripping… Sahota builds a forceful portrait of collective moral failure and responsibility… The Spoiled Heart feels genuinely, uncomfortably contemporary – a novel at once unafraid of judgment and admirably concerned about its consequences - Guardian

Sahota has a surgeon’s dexterous hands, and the reader senses his confidence . . . a plot-packed, propulsive story . . . There is an easeful precision to Sahota’s prose reminiscent of Kamila Shamsie and Jhumpa Lahiri, a painful irony that evokes Percival Everett, and a grand human downfall alongside a battle of ideas that is Ibsenesque - New York Times

A smart and sophisticatedly written novel - Daily Telegraph

Incisive and poignant, his [Sahota’s] fourth novel cuts to the merciless core of the culture wars, engaging with issues of loyalty, identity, inequality and community, and tracing the unforeseen consequences of actions that ripple through the years - Bookseller

The Spoiled Heart finds a timeless imprint in the hot metal of the moment… a tragedy like Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby that has taken root in the mind of a haunted onlooker. How much can really ever be known or should be? That’s the paradox this brilliant novel wrestles with and one that will consume any reader who picks it up - Washington Post

Billed to be his breakout… [The Spoiled Heart is] sure to be something special - Daily Mail, Books to Look Out For 2024*

Sahota’s well-wrought fourth novel adds to an already impressive body of work - Mail on Sunday

Each of Sahota’s books builds on the ambition of the previous one: restless, inquiring, utterly topical. The Spoiled Heart may be his finest yet, with a tumultuous but perfectly sustained ending that proves both moving and revelatory - Financial Times

The prose is spare, characterization rich and nuanced, and the portrayal of the psychological effects of urban desolation approaches that of Dickens in Our Mutual Friend… The Spoiled Heart is a highly accomplished and timely political morality tale - Spectator

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“One of my favourite books of the year so far”

THE SPOILED HEART is primarily the story of one man's downfall. When Nayan Olak announces his intention to run for general secretary of the union he works for, everyone believes the position is his. But then... More

Hardback edition
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“Multilayered”

I enjoyed Sahota’s earlier novel, The Runaways and The Spoiled Heart is even better. This really is a story of our times; grim, realistic and very much the face of parts of contemporary Britain. The setting is... More

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“Excellent, compelling, absorbing”

The Spoiled Heart by Sunjeev Sahota is a compelling story that looks at a number of social and cultural issues but is basically a very absorbing narrative, full of great characters with a surprise or two for good... More

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