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My Former Heart

Cressida Connolly

‘A family saga spanning the second half of the twentieth century, this gentle story of women’s lives in Egypt, Lebanon and the London Blitz is at once tender, comic and wise. Following on from the success of her short stories, My Former Heart marks out Connolly as a novelist to watch.’

Katy Guest, Literary Editor, Independent on Sunday
2012 Judging Panel


In wartime London, the impulsive and beautiful Iris thinks she glimpses her missing lover on a cinema newsreel. She sets off to the Middle East in search of him, sending Ruth, her young daughter, to be cared for in the country by her uncle. Out in the Lebanon, Iris meets a young doctor; while at school in Malvern, Ruth befriends the clever, sophisticated Verity. Each encounter will change their lives.

About Cressida Connolly:

Cressida Connolly was born in 1960. She is an author, journalist and reviewer. She is the author of The Happiest Days and The Rare and the Beautiful: The Lives of the Garmans. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband and three children.