The Death Of The Heart

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An immaculate portrait of adolescent love from one of our most beloved novelists.

When sixteen-year-old Portia is orphaned, she is plunged into the sophisticated and politely treacherous world of her wealthy half-brother’s home. There she encounters the attractive cad Eddie. To him, Portia is at once child and woman, and he fears her gushing love. To her, Eddie is the only reason to be alive. But when Eddie follows Portia to a sea-side resort, the flash of a cigarette lighter in a darkened cinema illuminates a stunning romantic betrayal – and sets in motion one of the most moving and desperate flights of the heart in modern literature.

‘One of the last century’s greatest woman writers’ Guardian

© Elizabeth Bowen 1938 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Bowen is “the link that connects Virginia Woolf with Iris Murdoch and Muriel Spark.”

  • Ironic comedy as well as tragedy, The Death of the Heart tells a story as old as wickedness: the world’s betrayal of innocence

    TIME Magazine, 1939
  • Bowen had a genius for conveying the reader straight into the most powerful and complex regions of the heart

    New York Times

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