The Law of the Heart
A powerful love story
Boris Starling is an award-winning novelist, non-fiction writer and screenwriter who has reached the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists. His debut novel Messiah was made into a primetime BBC1 series which ran for five seasons. The Law of the Heart is his ninth novel and inspiration for the title comes from ‘one of the foundations of modern cardiac medicine… known as the law of the heart’, first published by his great grandfather Ernest Starling in 1912.
For rollercoaster designer Theo, living on the edge is just part of the job. He’s used to wandering the world perfecting thrills, his heart immune to commitment. But then a commission in repressive North Korea exposes him to emotions he’s never dared to feel. Tour guide Min has a soul that wants to soar, but she knows it’s safer to build walls around her heart and mind. Skilled in showcasing the mesmerising beauty of capital city Pyongyang without revealing its darker secrets, she introduces Theo to a country he will never forget―and begins to question her policy of quiet compliance.
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What does North Korea’s leader want? And, what do we really know about who runs the country? As the international community ramps up sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, will anything change? Join Owen Bennett Jones and his panel of experts – including a young North Korean defector – as they take an in-depth look at one of the world’s most secretive political systems. From the BBC World Service.Play
In this episode of The Read Smart podcast, host Razia Iqbal is joined by sports journalist Alyson Rudd and novelist Boris Starling, delving into the topic of sports writing and what truly makes a good sports book. Alyson and Boris speak on their own experiences with researching and commentating sport, as well as the complex nature of ghostwriting. The podcast closes on the subject of which sports are the most exciting to read about and which particular sports novels the two guests will never forget.Play
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Forgotten And Forlorn Parks: Mangyongdae Funfair is a small park located in Pyongyang, North Korea and is the most prominent park in North Korea. It is one of the most inaccessible and least visited parks in the world. Includes fascinating video footage of the park’s crumbling rollercoasters from Coaster Voyager.Watch
Boris is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter best known for writing the brilliant thriller Messiah. Boris chats to Grapevine about getting to know Frankie Dettori during the time spent with him writing Frankie’s, soon to be launched autobiography called Leap of Faith.Watch
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An introduction to Starling’s Law of the Heart, also known as the Frank-Starling Law of the Heart. The inspiration for the book title comes from ‘one of the foundations of modern cardiac medicine… known as the law of the heart’, first published by Boris Starling’s great grandfather, Ernest StarlingWatch
Review from the BlogTour of The Law of the Heart by Cheryl M-M.Read Article
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A biography of Boris Starling from Mushens Entertainment, the literary agency that represents the him.Read Article
Wikipedia page for Ernest Starling, Boris Starling’s great grandfather and his theory ‘The Law of the Heart’.Read Article