BOOKS

Published writing featuring hearts or heart disease

I’ve been reading these books

Coming soon: Click on the image to see what I’ve said about that book on the blog.

Book cover - Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
Book cover - Pacemaker by Linda Brieno
Book cover - Upbeat: Growing resilience and positivity in the face of medical adversity by Beth Greenaway
Book cover - Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
Book cover - Words in Pain: Letters on Life and Death by Olga Jacoby
Book cover - A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
Book cover - The Millstone by Margaret Drabble
Book cover - Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr
Book cover -The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Book cover - Everyman by Philip Roth
Book cover - Thisd Is Not A Love Story by Keren Davi
Book cover - The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson
Book cover - Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart
Book cover - Rumours of Rain by Andre Brink
Book cover - In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll
Book cover - The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
Book cover - Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Book cover - One by Sarah Crossan
Book cover - Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Book cover - Fragile Lives: A heart surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table by Stephen Westaby
Book cover - The Burying Beetle by Ann Kelley
Book cover - Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Book cover - Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
Book cover - Can You Die of a Broken Heart? A heart surgeon's insight into what makes us tick, by Nikki Stamp.
Book cover - On Death, Dying and Not Dying by Peter Houghton
Book cover - The Aviary by  Kathleen O'Dell

Further reading…

I haven’t read everything on this list, but my initial research suggests they do all feature hearts/heart disease to some degree.

Alcott, Louisa MayLittle Women1868novel
Atwood, MargaretThe Woman Makes Peace With Her Faulty Heart1978poem
Atwood, MargaretThe Woman Who Could Not Live With Her Faulty Heart1978poem
Atwood, MargaretFlying Inside Your Own Body1981poem
Atwood, MargaretHeart Test With An Echo Chamber1984poem
Atwood, MargaretCat’s Eye1988novel
Atwood, MargaretThe Blind Assassin2001novel
Auel, Jean MMammoth Hunters1985novel (one of series)
Bambara, Toni CadeMy Delicate Heart Condition1965short story
Blackman, MaloriePig-Heart Boy1997novel (children’s)
Blyton, EnidUpper Fourth At Malory Towers1949novel (children’s)
Brazil, AngelaA Fortunate Term1921novel
Brent-Dyer, ElinorRivals of the Chalet School1929novel (children’s)
Brent-Dyer, ElinorEustacia Goes to the Chalet School1930novel (children’s)
Brent-Dyer, ElinorJo Returns to the Chalet School1936novel (children’s)
Brieno, LindaPacemaker1987novel (medical horror)
Brink, AndreRumours Of Rain1978novel
Bronte, AnneTenant of Wildfell Hall1848novel
Brown, Luke AMMy Biggest Lie2013novel
Browning, Elizabeth BarrettThe Student1838poem
Bunzl, PeterCogheart2016novel (children’s)
Carroll, EmmaIn Darkling Wood2015novel (children’s)
Cather, WillaNeighbour Rosicky1932short story/novella
Chancellor, BrynAny Sign of Light2015short story
Chapin, JamesA Change Of Heart: On The Cutting Edge of Laughter1994memoir
Chopin, KateThe Story of an Hour1894short story
Coleman, SharonHe Comforteth Well1994memoir
Courtney, GwendolineA Coronet For Cathie1950novel
Cousins, NormanThe Healing Heart: An Antidote to Panic and Helplessness1983memoir
Crossan, SarahOne2015novel (YA)
David, KerenThis Is Not A Love Story2015novel (YA)
Dickens, CharlesThe Old Curiosty Shop1841novel
Didion, JoanThe Year of Magical Thinking2007memoir
Doerr, AnthonyThe Deep2010short story
Dominy, Amy FellnerA Matter of Heart2018novel (YA)
Drabble, MargaretThe Millstone1965novel
Eliot, GeorgeMiddlemarch1871novel
Erlich, Gretel A Match to the Heart1994memoir
Fleming, IanDr No1958novel
Ford, Ford MadoxThe Good Soldier1915novel
Forest, AntoniaThe Cricket Term1974novel (children’s)
Forster, E MHowards End1910novel
Gaskill, ElizabethWives and Daughters1866novel
Godden, RumerAn Episode of Sparrows1955novel (children’s)
Hatori, BiscoMillenium Snow2014manga
Hellman, LillianThe Little Foxes1939play
Hunter, CCThis Heart Of Mine2018novel (YA)
Hurst, JamesScarlet Ibis1960short story
Hyde, Catherine RyanSecond-Hand Heart2010novel
Isherwood, ChristopherA Single Man1964novel
Jacoby, OlgaWords in Pain2018Collected letters (1909-13)
James, HenryTurn of the Screw1898novel
James, HenryWings of the Dove1901novel
Jones, ThomOoh Baby Baby1995short story
Keiser, BeaAll Our Hearts Are Trump1976memoir
Kelley, AnnThe Burying Beetle2005novel
Kelley, AnnThe Bower Bird2007novel
Kelley, AnnInchworm2009novel
Kirby, JessiThings We Know By Heart2015novel (YA)
Kirkup, JamesA Correct Compassion1952poem
Lahiri, JhumpaThe Namesake2003novel
Landers, JohnDying For Life1994memoir
L’Engle, MadeleineThe Moon By Night1963novel (YA)
L’Engle, MadeleineA Ring of Endless Light1980novel (YA)
L’Engle, MadeleineA House Like a Lotus1984novel (YA)
L’Engle, MadeleineAn Acceptable Time1989novel (YA)
Little, JeanMine For Keeps1962novel (children’s)
Livingston Hill, GraceMaris1938novel
Lyons, CJBroken2013novel (YA)
MacLeod, AlisonThe Heart of Denis Noble2011short story
Mallory, ClareLeith and Friends1950novel (children’s)
Mandel, SallyChange of Heart1983novel
Mandell, ArnoldComing Of Middle Age – A Journey1977memoir
Mansfield, KatherineWeak Heart1923short story (unfinished)
Mantel, HilaryThe Heart Fails Without Warning2009short story
McDonald, DRLauchlin of the Bad Heart2007novel
Mitford, NancyThe Pursuit Of Love1945novel
Montgomrey, L MAnne of Green Gables1908novel
Montgomrey, L MThe Blue Castle1926novel
Murray, TamsynInstructions for a Second-Hand Heart2016novel (YA)
Nabokov, VladimirLolita1955novel
O’Dell, KathleenThe Aviary2011novel (children’s)
Pasternak, BorisDr Zhivago1957novel
Pensack, RobertRaising Lazarus1994memoir
Perry, SarahThe Essex Serpent2017novel
Picoult, JodiChange of Heart2008novel
Poe, Edgar AllenThe Tell-Tale Heart1843short story
Rattigan, TerenceThe Browning Version1948play (in one act)
Reiss, MadeleineBefore We Say Goodbye2018novel
Rendell, RuthA Bad Heart1973short story
Robertson, RobinThe Halving2013poem
Robinson, MarilynneGilead2004novel
Roth, PhilipPatrimony1991memoir
Roth, PhilipEveryman2006novel
Sayers, Dorothy LGaudy Night1935novel
Semple, MariaWhere’d You Go, Bernadette?2012novel
Shute, NevilPied Piper1942novel
Singh, MantoshStrong Women Weak Hearts1992memoir
Smith, IreneThe Imp at Westcombe1950novel (children’s)
Snodgrass, W.D.Pacemaker2006poem
Spark, MurielMemento Mori1958novel
Sprackland, JeanSupra-Ventricular Tachycardia2013poem
Spyri, JohannaHeidi1880novel (children’s)
Storr, CatherineMarianne Dreams1958novel (children’s)
Stuart, KeithDays of Wonder2018novel
Tate, David AHealth, Hope and Healing1989memoir
Thomas, LeahBecause You’ll Never Meet Me2015novel (YA)
Tyler, AnneLadder of Years1995novel
Updike, JohnRabbit At Rest1990novel (one of series)
Vipont, ElfridaThe Lark in the Morn1948novel
Weinman Lear, MarthaHeartsounds1980memoir
Westaby, StephenFragile Lives2017memoir
Whaley, John CoreyNoggin2014novel (YA)
Wilson, JacquelineThe Butterfly Club2015novel (children’s)
Wolfson, JillCold Hands Warm Heart2009novel (YA)
Yarros, RebeccaEyes Turned Skywards2014novel

Have I missed anything?

Please fill in the form below if you can think of any other titles that should be added to this list! (You can also let me know if I’ve included something I shouldn’t have.)