Out of Heart by Irfan Master

Out of Heart

Written by Irfan Master

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Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

Donating your heart is the most precious gift of all. Adam is a teenage boy who lives with his mum and younger sister. His dad has left them although lives close by. His sister no longer speaks and his mum works two jobs. Adam feels the weight of the world upon his shoulders. Then his grandfather dies and in doing so he donates a very precious gift - his heart. William is the recipient of Adam's grandfather's heart. He has no family and feels rootless and alone. In fact, he feels no particular reason to live. And then he meets Adam's family. William has received much, but it appears that he has much to offer Adam and his family too.

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Out of Heart by Irfan Master

A powerful tale of love and strength in adversity.


Another memorable debut novel . . . Beautifully told this debut is set in 1940's India at the time of the Partition, with themes of tolerance that still resonate today * The Bookseller on A BEAUTIFUL LIE *

A gritty story full of heart (yes, pun kind of intended.) * Red Magazine *

To put it simply, this book is unlike any I have ever read before. The writing is unusual, the characters are different, the setting is one not often used and the whole concept is one I would love to see more of. I love the mixture of writing - it was extremely clever in structure. This book really stands apart in many ways, and above all, it intrigued me. This book holds a lot of meaning. It talks about things many YA novels don't - abuse, depression, illness, mental health and race. I love the way this book explored nationality and I felt some of it directly related to situations in some communities here in the UK. I felt Adam's story really demonstrated the need for equality, and I wish we had more of that. It really struck a chord with me, and reminded me the real importance for stories like this to be told. * The Books Are Everywhere *

Thoughtfully conceived and beautifully executed OUT OF HEART found a place in my heart that will stay there forever. * Anna Perera, author of Guantanamo Boy *

As soon as I got this book, I knew it was going to be something special, and I was not wrong at all. What a beautifully written story. All in all, I loved this coming of age story. The writing was beautiful. In fact, I'd say it was beautifully simple, almost poetic. I'd recommend this story to anyone looking for a quick but compelling read with a few surprises in store. * Alba in Bookland *

Out of Heart is something entirely unique, heartwrenching and wonderful. * Alta Speaks *

This extraordinary, almost magical, book is ostensibly the story of an organ donation but is really about the trauma, violence and messiness of an ordinary life. It's about communication and miscommunication, about being alone and loneliness; about giving, taking and sharing. In a world dominated by social media depicting perfect, and perfectly happy, lives, Out of Heart shows how it is life's imperfections that allow us to grow into who we are meant to be. * Booktrust *

About the Author

Irfan Master

This is Irfan Master's first novel and has been shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. Irfan is project manager of Reading the Game at the National Literacy Trust. His family is from Gujarat, where the novel is set. Irfan lives in London, SE5.

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Publication date

1st January 2017




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