Eli Goldstone

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Assistant: Gabriella Docherty


Eli Goldstone lives in London and is a graduate of the City University Creative Writing (Novels) MA. Her debut novel, STRANGE HEART BEATING, was published by Granta on 4th May 2017, and is the 2018 winner of a Betty Trask Award.

2014 Winner of the Kingston Writers' Prize for flash fiction for Forestry
2013 Longlisted in the National Poetry Competition for The Berliner
2012 Highly Commended in the New Writer's fiction competition for Four Roses


"Overwhelmingly, Strange Heart Beating, with its savage yet comforting undercurrent of a swan as an emblem of the soul reborn, is an ardent examination of loss, framed by multiple cultural allusions. And [...] it is a reminder of the unknowability of those we truly love." Financial Times

"If the Coen Brothers had a sister, she would likely write like Goldstone, her pen dipped in weird black ink, piquant with fantasies and dread delusion." Jewish Chronicle

"an enjoyable trip, wryly amusing and touching, as Seb finds out as much about himself as the woman he loved." Daily Mail

"There are funny moments in this book and sensuous descriptions of green, wolf-filled wildness of the Latvian forest, but it’s also incredibly melancholy. Death and darkness are an inevitable part of life, especially in Eli Goldstone’s world. But she expresses this so beautifully and simply that Strange Heart Beating is a joy to read." Emerald Street

"As a study of grief and a search for closure, Strange Heart Beating touches on many uncomfortable areas, such as the poignant truth that we can never know anybody as well as we think we do, or would like to." Sunday Herald

"...the writing is terrific; the story so skilfully and finely unfolded, full of sly laughs and complex tenderness..." Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither

"What a beautiful, rare thing Strange Heart Beating is - funny and tender, yes, but so ferocious, sweeping its reader towards wholly devastating realisations" Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies

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