They Are Trying to Break Your Heart (Hardcover)

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For fans of William Boyd, a literary thriller that ranges across decades and continents, weaving together the 2004 tsunami with the civil war in Bosnia and the personal with the political.

In 1994, Marko Novak's world is torn apart by the death of his best friend, Kemal, a young soldier in the darkest days of the Bosnian war. After the funeral, Marko flees to England, hoping to put his broken homeland, and the part he played in the loss of his friend, behind him.

In 2004, human rights researcher Anya Teal is following a tenuous lead in the hunt for a Bosnian man with blood on his hands. She is also clinging to the fragile hope that she can rebuild a relationship with her first love, William Howell. When Anya invites Will to join her on a Christmas holiday in the Thai beach resort of Khao Lak, she hopes the holiday will offer them the chance to unpick the mistakes of their past. But Khao Lak may also be home to the man Anya is looking for--a man with a much darker history.

What nobody knows is that a disaster as destructive as a war is approaching, detonated in the seabed of the Indian Ocean, one that will connect the fates of Marko, William, and Anya, across the years and continents. In its wake, everything Marko thought he knew will be overturned.

About the Author

David Savill lived as a teacher and a student among the refugees of Srebrenica in the last year of the Bosnian war. He worked for eight years as a BBC Current Affairs journalist on a number of programs. In 2004, he arrived on the beaches of Phuket two days after the Indian Ocean tsunami. He spent the next six months in Thailand and Sri Lanka, where he made two documentaries about the aftermath of the disaster. David now has two children and teaches creative writing at St. Mary's University, London. This is his first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781632865465
ISBN-10: 1632865467
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English