Heart-shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

Heart-shaped Bruise

Written by Tanya Byrne

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Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger 2012 and the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

CWA Judges' comment: “Listed as a young adult novel, this book has a much wider appeal. Byrne perfectly evokes the voice of 17-year-old Emily in this novel of guilt, identity and vengeance.”

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This gripping, provoking and emotional debut, written from the perspective of a troubled young girl in a young offenders institute awaiting trial for a vicious crime, is very hard to stop reading once you start. Hatred and love, infamy and identity, revenge and redemption are all explored with powerful yet lyrical writing.


Heart-shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

They say I'm evil. The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o'clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me. And everyone believes it. Including you. But you don't know. You don't know who I used to be. Who I could have been. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever shake off my mistakes or if I'll just carry them around with me forever like a bunch of red balloons Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time. Heart-Shaped Bruise is a compulsive and moving novel about infamy, identity and how far a person might go to seek revenge.


'Intriguing and compelling - a very accomplished debut'

'Byrne is a talented writer with attitude and a fresh, original voice'

'It's compelling and clever. We loved'

'Reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye, this psychological jigsaw of a novel will appeal to your dark side'

About the Author

Tanya Byrne

Tanya Byrne was born in London and studied in Surrey, where she still lives with her cat who goes by several names, none of which he actually answers to. After eight years working for BBC Radio, she left to write her debut novel, Heart-Shaped Bruise, which is out next year. She has a weakness for boys with guitars, drinks far too much tea and even though her mother tells her not to, she always talks to strangers.

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336 pages


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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Publication date

27th September 2012




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