The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 14/12/2017
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The Heart's Invisible Furies
As others have pointed out, this is not a short book and this did initially put me off starting it, but once I did start I didn't want to stop and it was a... READ MORE
Rachael at Altrincham
The Heart's Invisible Furies
I read this over a year ago and it has stayed with me. I was so touched by it even though it bears no resemblance whatsoever to my own life. Its going to... READ MORE


Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?

Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple (via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun) Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime attempting to know himself and to discover where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, a place of belonging.

In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel about the search for a sense of self in a changing world and the ultimate, redemptive power of the human spirit.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781784161002
  • Number of pages: 736
  • Weight: 499g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 31 mm

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The Heart's Invisible Furies
1940s Ireland depicted in all its many shades
This is an epic read which touches on so many subjects and themes I knew little about. Ireland is so near and yet so far. What we hear on the news is just ... READ MORE
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Interesting developments are not pursued
Too many cop outs, too many interrupted conversations, too many corny coincidences- lazy and frustrating
pru charlson
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Intense and heart-rendering
This was my first John Boyne’s book and I loved it! The novel was emotional, funny and sad. It was unprecedented and didn’t take the turns I expected it t... READ MORE
Penelope Lavender
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Intense and heart rendering
This was my first John Boyne’s book and I loved it! The novel was emotional, funny and sad. It was unprecedented and didn’t take the turns I expected it t... READ MORE
Penelope Lavender
The Heart's Invisible Furies
A Must Read!
I was sent a copy of The Heart’s Invisible furies by John Boyne to read and review by NetGalley. I really loved this book! It was beautifully written, had... READ MORE
The Heart's Invisible Furies
A beautifully written book sad funny thought provoking didn’t want it to end
Shiela Turner
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Funny & heartbreaking in equal measure
It’s a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud and cry proper tears but this beautifully written tender story did exactly that. I would recomme... READ MORE
Sherrylyn  Peck
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Please don’t end
This book I didn’t want to end, when I got to the last page I could have started again on page 1!
Lyn Easton
The Heart's Invisible Furies
One on its own
Absolutely LOVED this book. Epic in scale but the main protagonist takes you with him through the years. Humour, tragedy, genuine surprises. Fab!
Nicki Alderson
The Heart's Invisible Furies
A thought provoking, at times witty and un elievabke book.
This was a recommended book by my sister in law. It felt like a realistic journey of one man's life with twists and turns which are the reality of life. ... READ MORE
The Heart's Invisible Furies
A good read
This book starts off in 1945 in Ireland and spans across 70 years. It is the story of Cyril Avery who as a baby was adopted by Charles and Maud Avery after... READ MORE
Leona OMahony
The Heart's Invisible Furies
An amazing story spanning several decades
When unmarried 16-year-old Catherine Goggin falls pregnant in 1945, she's banished from her rural Irish village by the local priest. After making her way t... READ MORE
Barnsey's Books
The Heart's Invisible Furies
A moving and powerful read, with a touch of humour!
I was hesitant going into this book, mainly because of its length. But it has just become one of my favourite books of all time! This is an incredibly easy... READ MORE
Eloise Spencer
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Loved this book. definitely now one of my favourites.
Amelia McNair
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Heart-breaking and hilarious
It's not often that heart-breaking and hilarious can go side by side without being contrived and disingenuous, but this book is the exception. It is beaut... READ MORE
Cris Willis
The Heart's Invisible Furies
beautifully written
Sophia Culshaw