Author(s): James Meek
Bec Shepherd is a malaria researcher struggling to lead a good life. Ritchie, her reprobate brother, is a rock star turned TV producer. When Bec refuses an offer of marriage from a powerful newspaper editor and Ritchie's indiscretions catch up with him, brother and sister are forced to choose between loyalty and betrayal. "The Heart Broke In" is an old-fashioned story of modern times, a rich, ambitious family drama of love, death and money in the era of gene therapy and Internet exposes. From the author of the 'spellbinding'. ("Guardian"), 'quite extraordinary'. (Philip Pullman), 'startlingly original' ("Mail on Sunday") novel, "The People's Act of Love".
Would you betray your lover to give them what they wanted?
* One of the country's finest writers. GQ * The best and most original book that i have read for years -- Louis De Bernieres on The People's Act of Love * Spellbinding ... a truly great read Guardian, on The People's Act of Love * The narrative drive in amazing. So is the cold clarity of Meek's imagination -- Stephen King on The People's Act of Love * Ingenious, intricate ... a meditation on grand ideas that is also a suspenseful page-turner New York Times, on The People's Act of Love * James Meek's immense and consistently impressive narrative incorporates the bizarre-but-true extremes of post-revolutionary Russia... Meek keeps the sensational elements at the service of a profound, propulsive plot, while maintaining a pleasingly sardonic edge throughout... All this plus an unflinching castration scene which presents a truly eye-watering account of severe pain in the Urals. Guardian on The People's Act of Love * I was gripped by James Meek's Siberian western The People's Act of Love... With admirable confidence Meek combines big country and big characters to create a sort of intellectual epic, which I enjoyed for its revelation of a fascinating corner of 20th-century history. -- Michael Palin On The People's Act Of Love * A compelling tour de force. The maniac energy of Kerouac pulses throughout the prose. Extraordinary. Scotsman on Drivetime
James Meek was born in London in 1962 and grew up in Dundee. His novel The People's Act of Love (2005) won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the SAC Book of the Year Award, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and has been published in more than thirty countries. His novel We Are Now Beginning our Descent (2008) won the Prince Maurice Prize. He is the author of two other novels and two collections of short stories. His journalism has won a number of British and international awards. He lives in London.