The Heavens

Sandra Newman

Published: 7 May 2020
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781783784868

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Published: 2 May 2019
Hardback, Demy HB
138x216mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781783784844

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About the author

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Sandra Newman is the author of three previous novels; The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, (shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award), Cake and The Country of Ice Cream Star (longlisted for the Bailey's Prize for Women's Literature). She co-authored the hugely successful How Not to Write a Novel. She has also written The Western Lit Survival Kit, Read This Next, and a memoir, Changeling. She lives in New York. More about the author


An electrifying novel of love, creativity and madness... playful, tender and heart breaking



Exquisitely calibrated... miraculously skilful... immersively real... Like all dramas, it has a resolution, and one of such eye-popping metaphysical grandeur that I couldn't spoil it even if I wanted to’ Paraic O'Donnell

I love The Heavens... Elegiac and genuinely, unbelievably moving... by the time I got to the end of it, I wanted to go back and read the beginning... You've got to read this bookHelen Lewis

I tore through The Heavens and loved it... unique and brilliantAdam Foulds, author

Richly observed and engaging... [Newman] is a writer of wild imaginings... The Heavens swiftly upends all expectations with its speculative strangeness’

‘A writer of immense imagination and talent... quite unlike any other book you'll pick up this year‘Best New Books for May 2019’

‘Astute, mesmeric and quite alarming, The Heavens is absolutely captivating

‘Every one of The Heavens' pages feels like that first shuddering spark of attraction...quick, flirtatious

‘I was bewitched by the ambition and charge of The Heavens, which is at once troubling and beautiful, emotionally resonant and fantastically strangeOlivia Laing, author of

‘Newman [writes with] agility and aplomb’

‘Reading Sandra Newman's The Heavens is like falling up a brilliant flight of stairs. Inventive and moving and surprising on every level, it's a novel that doesn't just play with time and history and certainty: it turns those things inside out. I've been haunted by its characters and ideas ever since I reluctantly finished it’ Elizabeth McCracken, author

‘Really thought-provoking‘The Best Books to Read This May’

‘The Heavens, shifting restlessly between worlds, gently encouraging Elizabethan England into eccentric New York, rolling everything into a dreamy, desperate new reality, is everything we expect from Sandra Newman. It's strange but focused, beautifully written and put together, dangerously benign, comic and clever, bright as a knifeM. John Harrison, author

‘The writing is so sleek and the pace is so nimble, nothing is belaboured... a delightful literary bon bon that really took me away, so transfixingKatie Puckrik

‘What a wonderful, strange, terrifying, brilliant novel this is’ Kamila Shamsie

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