Learned by heart


The sensational historical novel from the bestselling author of The Pull of the Stars and The Wonder.

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The heartbreaking story of the love of two women – Anne Lister, the real-life inspiration behind Gentleman Jack, and her first love, Eliza Raine – from the bestselling author of Room and The Wonder.

‘A rich and spellbinding 19th-century story of forbidden love’ – Independent

‘Donoghue evokes a relationship that is convincing and exquisitely touching.’ – The Guardian

In 1805, at a boarding school in York, two fourteen-year-old girls first meet.

Eliza Raine, the orphan daughter of an Indian mother, keeps herself apart from the other girls, tired of being picked out for being different. Anne Lister, a gifted troublemaker, is determined to conquer the world, refusing to bow to society’s expectations of what a woman can do.

As they fall in love, the connection they forge will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Full of passion and heartbreak, evocative and wholly unique, Learned by Heart is a beautiful and moving historical novel from acclaimed author Emma Donoghue.

Shortlisted for the Atwood Gibson Prize

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Weight 0.232 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 13 × 2.1 cm