The Spoiled Heart

Sunjeev Sahota


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Vintage Publishing
25 April 2024
ISBN: 9781787304079
336 pages

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From the twice Booker-nominated author of The Year of the Runaways and China RoomThe Spoiled Heart is a magnificent novel of love, community and politics, set at the edge of the Peak District, and with a deeply moving family mystery at its heart

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.

'Thoughtful, searching... a novel at once Shakespearean and thrillingly of our time' —Sarah Thankam Mathews, author of All This Could Be Different

'Fearlessly contemporary and flawlessly observed... one of our essential novelists' —Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs