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The Death Of The Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
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The Death Of The Heart

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Length 12 hours 51 minutes
Language English
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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

ยฉ Elizabeth Bowen 1938 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899, the only child of an Irish lawyer and land-owner. She travelled a great deal, dividing most of her time between London and Bowen's Court, the family house in County Cork which she inherited. Her first book, a collection of shorts stories, Encounters, was published in 1923. The Hotel (1926) was her first novel. She was awarded the CBE in 1948, and received honorary degrees from Trinity College, Dublin in 1949, and from Oxford University in 1956. The Royal Society of Literature made her a Companion of Literature in 1965. Elizabeth Bowen died in 1973.

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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 Bowen had a genius for conveying the reader straight into the most powerful and complex regions of the heart Expand reviews
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