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Julie Myerson captures the sorrow that surpasses all understanding

The stricken heroine of The Stopped Heart, numb with grief, retires to a quiet country cottage — only to find it full of menace and unquiet spirits

5 March 2016

9:00 AM

5 March 2016

9:00 AM

The Stopped Heart Julie Myerson

Cape, pp.402, £12.99, ISBN: 9780224102490

As its title suggests, Julie Myerson’s tenth novel is about stoppage: the kind that happens when one suffers a loss so absolute and cataclysmic that there seems no possible way forward; when the future seems not merely unthinkably disrupted but also irrelevant. For the majority of people lucky enough to live out their days beyond war zones, barbaric regimes and disaster areas, such events usually come no closer than a news item; but even — perhaps especially — when the calamity is near at hand, we so often find ourselves at once desperate to empathise and yet incapable of imagining.


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