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Author and journalist Carrie Cox has uncovered the perfect comedic device: a marriage counsellor who, after two kids and as many decades, finds herself headed for divorce. Despite being an expert in diagnosing issues in the relationships of others, she realises that she’s been professionally negligent in monitoring the heart rate of her own. So Many Beats of the Heart is a hilarious, warm and witty story about the messiness of midlife and starting afresh in your 40s.

The story

Evie Shine is adrift. After two decades of marriage, her husband has left her. Possibly for another woman. He isn’t saying.

That Evie has spent her career dissecting relationships and mending broken hearts doesn’t help at all – it just makes everything worse. How did she not see this coming? And what’s she meant to do now?

As her own worst client, Evie ignores all useful advice and chooses platitudes, wine and hangovers over the prospect of moving on. But soon she realises that the beauty of having the rug ripped from under you is getting to see exactly what’s underneath.

So Many Beats of the Heart is about how the crushing weight of time can take its toll on long-term relationships. It’s about love lost, friendships found, losing your bearings and finding a way back to shore.

About the author

Carrie Cox is a journalist and author based in Perth, Western Australia. She has published a non-fiction book, You Take the High Road and I’ll Take the Bus, based on her weekly satirical column for multiple Australian newspapers, and a previous novel with Fremantle Press, Afternoons with Harvey Beam, which was hailed as a ‘brilliant debut’ by Women’s Weekly and ‘sensitive and impressive’ by The Australian.




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