Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart – review

This post, by my friend Jo about my friend Tamsyn’s new book (!!), shows just how amazing children’s books can be. I can’t wait to read it, and cry about it. And I agree with Jo about that cover …

heartOn Tuesday I went to the launch for Tamsyn Murray’s Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart. It was a fab party in the stunning children’s department of Waterstones Piccadilly.

I had started reading the book on the way to the launch, and finished it on the journey home. Tamsyn had warned me that I would need tissues – and I did, though I hung on grimly to the very end before emotion got the better of me! It’s rare for me to shed actual tears at a book, so an extra star to Tamsyn for achieving that 😉

Tamsyn explains how long the journey to publication has taken for this book - four years! Tamsyn explains how long the journey to publication has taken for this book – four years!

So – to the story. Jonny is being kept alive by a machine called a Berlin Heart, because his own heart is damaged. He needs a heart transplant urgently, but as he explains, ‘it’s not like…

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