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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 good-looking, 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 - Afsaneh Knight

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Title
Slaughterhouse heart
Author
Afsaneh Knight
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Black Swan
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20090326

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 good-looking, 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....

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Afsaneh Knight lives in London with her husband and their two children. THE SUNSHINE YEARS is her second novel. Her first first novel, SLAUGHTERHOUSE HEART, was widely acclaimed on publication. It is available in Black Swan paperback and ebook..

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

An interesting debut by a promising young writer
Times

Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Keyword Index
Terminally ill - Family relationships - Fiction.|Abusive parents - Fiction.|Fathers and sons - Fiction.|Reconciliation - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
364

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