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Slaughterhouse Heart

by Afsaneh Knight

Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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The concept of the desire for reconciliation before death is not a new one but the multi-character, first person narratives here certainly express it in a new and original way.  I loved the idea of the named saint of a hospice being there to help her charges if called upon.  But this is not a ghost story, it is a poetically told tale of love with some fine imagery.  Highly recommended.

Comparison: Jenny Rooney, Alice Hoffman, Hilary Mantel.

Sarah Broadhurst

Slaughterhouse Heart Synopsis

What makes a father violent? It takes a brave man to find out . . .

As a volunteer at St Margaret’s Hospice, eager and helpful Meryl is looking for a role in life. The arrival of Jamie, the son of a patient, may be just what she is after. He is goodlooking, young and, above all, troubled.

Jamie’s father has only a few days to live, but between father and son is a lifetime of misunderstanding and unhappiness. Could the most powerful legacy Jamie faces be an inability to love? With well-meaning Meryl hovering in the background, Jamie embarks on his long dark night of the soul, facing the secrets, lies and heartbreaks behind his father’s life.

Meanwhile his dying father, seemingly unconscious to it all, relives his extraordinary history, from the triumphs of his life as a boxer, to the onset of a crippling illness he doesn’t understand. And in the quiet of the night, he receives strange visitors of his own….


Slaughterhouse Heart Press Reviews

'This will have you tied to the sofa all weekend' - Time Out

'An extraordinary and moving story that intuitively exposes the emotions men hate having to face' - Esquire

'Afsaneh Knight's debut novel packs a steady and unrelenting series of punches... It's a book about love, but not sentimentality... all the better for its lack of easy answers' - Vogue

'Afsaneh Knight handles a shifting narrative with dexterity...deft and promising' - Spectator

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ISBN: 9780552774659
Publication date: 26/03/2009
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552774659
Publication date: 26th March 2009
Author: Afsaneh Knight
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Afsaneh Knight

Afsaneh Knight was born in December 1978. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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