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A Heart Bent Out Of Shape

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'A Heart Bent Out Of Shape is as tender and insightful as it is gripping. First love and a mysterious death - and the fears and intensities of both - are woven so deftly into the pages that I read late into the night. But this is, also, a love story in a different sense: friendships are precious and intimate, Lausanne is lovingly laid out, and the sheer joy of being young and alive is shining out on every page. The novel speaks of life's value and potential - and of Hall's, as a writer. Its heart is not bent, but beating perfectly.'

Susan Fletcher, author of Eve Green

'Wintertime love and chilly revelations... it's a novel that glints with passion.'

Marie Claire

'Haunting and full of vivid prose, this is a bewitching tale of love and friendship - a novel to be devoured in a couple of sittings.'

The Lady

'Perfectly capturing the pleasure and pain of first love.'

Good Housekeeping

'Leaves you with your own sense of loss at finishing.'


'Hall confirms her talent for romantic but original prose.'

The Big Issue

'Magical, heartbreaking, and beautiful.'

Fabulous magazine (The Sun)

'Highly evocative and a joy to read.'

Sunday Express

'The writing is so pretty... We guarantee you'll be saving up your pennies and catching a flight to Switzerland before you're halfway through.'


'A poignant coming-of-age story of first love, desire, friendship, tragedy, grief, and self discovery, in a stunning location.'

We Love This Book

'A touching coming-of-age story. Impossible to put down.'

Image magazine

'Hall deftly captures Hadley's transformation, set against the beautiful canvas of a picturesque Swiss city.'

Publishers Weekly

'A page-turner full of wanderlust, forbidden romance, and plenty of intrigue.'

Book Reporter

'Beautiful, descriptive language is the hallmark of Hall's latest novel… a moving tale of love and innocence lost. A remarkable read.'

Romantic Times


For Hadley Dunn, life so far has been uneventful—no great loves, no searing losses. But that’s before she decides to spend a year studying in the glittering Swiss city of Lausanne, a place that feels alive with promise. Here Hadley meets Kristina, a beautiful but elusive Danish girl, and the two quickly form the strongest of bonds. Yet one November night, as the first snows of winter arrive, tragedy strikes.

Hadley, left reeling and guilt-stricken, begins to lean on the only other person to whom she feels close, her American Literature professor Joel Wilson. But as the pair try to uncover the truth of what happened that night, their tentative friendship heads into forbidden territory. And before long a line is irrevocably crossed, everything changes, and two already complicated lives take an even more dangerous course…

A Heart Bent Out of Shape/ The Swiss Affair is the story of a first love, a terrible tragedy, a snow-filled paradise; a year that will never be forgotten.

  • Published as trade paperback in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in September 2013, and UK mass market paperback in March 2014
  • Published in the US and Canada in February 2014 as The Swiss Affair