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A Well-Tempered Heart

Crime & Mystery, Current Affairs, Fiction
Publication Date
06 March 2014
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd

A Well-Tempered Heart

Sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
by Jan-Philipp Sendker - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

'This is the kind of stunningly perfect novel that changes lives' – Claire Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author

And here is what some of the reviewers on Lovereading had to say about A Well-Tempered Heart:

'A portrayal of how love and compassion can heal even the most terrible wounds [. . .] A book to lift your spirits’ – Sue Broom

‘[A] beautiful book, with a powerful sense of place, which leaves the reader wondering on the universal consequences of love, loss, suffering and forgiveness’ – Catherine Larner

‘A beautifully written book about a beautiful country and culture. If you love a sensitive thoughtful book then this is the one for you’ – Sarah Musk

Julia Win, a successful Manhattan lawyer, is at a crossroads in her life. Despite her wealth and privilege, she is exhausted and unhappy – a lost soul. She returns to Burma, the homeland of her father, where she encounters an anguished mother whose life is shattered when her two sons are called up from their rural village to fight in Burma’s civil war.

Both women embark on their own journeys of self-discovery, experiencing heartbreak, horror, love and, ultimately, redemption. This mesmerising novel explores the most inspiring and passionate terrain of all: the human heart.


Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. He lives in Berlin with his family.

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