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"Darkly funny" debut novel by City alumna set to be published

A novel written by Eli Goldstone will be published next year by Granta Books


The debut novel by City alumna Eli Goldstone has been acquired by prestigious independent publishing house Granta Books. Strange Heart Beating, written by Eli during a creative writing course at City, will be published next year. Eli completed the Masters in Creative Writing (Novels) in 2015, a course that helps writers to produce a full novel that is ready to send to publishers and agents.

Strange Heart Beating tells the story of Seb, an English academic whose wife is killed by a swan. In the days following her death, Seb finds a stash of letters to his wife addressed to a different name, leading him to revisit her home village in Latvia. The novel has been described by Granta Books as “darkly funny”.

Jonathan Myerson, Programme Director of MA Novels at City said:

From the moment I first read her application, Eli was a star in the making. Together, across the two-year programme, we ironed out a few things but I am now delighted - and totally unsurprised - that she has now so quickly landed such a prestigious publishing deal.

Junior editor at Granta Books Ka Bradley said:

Although I began this novel captivated by its wicked humour, confident prose and gripping narrative, it was its savage tenderness that ensnared me. Far more than a tragicomedy of errors and erasures, Strange Heart Beating is about the idea of possession in relationships, and the lie that we can ever fully know someone even when we love them absolutely. Eli is an astonishing writer with a vision that is both acerbic and sympathetic.

City runs several Creative Writing Masters courses. The courses are now part of the Centre for English which encompasses an undergraduate English programme as well as specialist disciplines such as Creative Writing, Translation and Publishing.

Granta Books

Granta Books is a prestigious literary publisher. The company publishes around 25 literary fiction and non-fiction titles a year.

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