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  • Published: 2 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784161002
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 736
  • RRP: $26.00

The Heart's Invisible Furies

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Truly the best of John Boyne - hilarious, touching and deeply sad The Heart's Invisible Furies is the breakout book Boyne was born to write.

'Compelling and satisfying... At times, incredibly funny, at others, heartrending' Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit
Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he’s never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known.

And so begins one man’s desperate search to find his place in the world. Unspooling and unseeing, Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage, finally, take it?

  • Pub date: 2 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784161002
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 736
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. Most recently, The Heart's Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller.

His novels are published in over fifty languages.

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Praise for The Heart's Invisible Furies

“Tender, dark, hilarious, heartbreaking—I loved it”


“A special read”

BBC Radio 4 Front Row

“It’s been a long time since I read anything so compelling and satisfying. At times, incredibly funny, at others, heartrending”

Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man

“I ran through the whole range of human emotions while reading this brilliant novel. It's a masterpiece.”

Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love

“By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad . . . This is a novelist at the top of his game.”

The Mail on Sunday

“'the most beautifully written and crafted novel ... heartbreaking'”

Santa Montefiore

“Screamingly funny one minute and heartbreaking the next.”

Daily Express

“Boyne creates lightness out of doom, humour out of desperately sad situations, creating a compelling page-turner… a terrific read.”

The Press Association

“An epic novel…. Worthy of the great master of the Irish comic novel, Flann O’Brien. The Heart’s Invisible Furies proves that John is not just one of Ireland’s best living novelists but also one of the best novelists of Ireland.”

Sunday Express

“Written with verve, humour and heart…at its core, The Heart’s Invisible Furies aspires to be not just the tale of Cyril Avery, a man buffeted by coincidence and circumstance, but the story of Ireland itself”

Irish Times

“Compulsively readable…hard to put down”

Irish Independent

“John Boyne is best known for his children’s novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. His new novel shows he can write movingly for adults as well… the cast is enormous yet at no point do we lose interest in Cyril.”

The Sunday Times

“The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne, is like an Irish World According to Garp, by which I mean tender, dark, hilarious, heartbreaking—I loved it'”


“It is laugh-out-loud funny, tragic, laceratingly sharp, and full of complex and brilliantly evoked characters...page-turning, hilarious, heart-rending and hopeful. Go read it.”

Times Literary Supplement

“Dickensian sweep, characterisation and humour”

Daily Mail

“For character, plot and psychological depth, Boyne’s novel is unsurpassed this year”

Sunday Express

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