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When you make eye contact, when you hold someone's gaze, it’s the closest thing to knowing you're not alone in the world.
Winner of the Debut Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2019
‘This year’s Eleanor Oliphant’ Claire Allan
‘Astonishing’ Ruth Hogan
‘Strikingly brilliant’ Sun
After 32 years of living her life in the dark, Jillian Safinova – Nova to everyone, except her mother – is learning to see.
She can see that the sky is blue. And green. And grey. And a whole spectrum of colours, as changeable as her mood.
She can see that clouds are surprisingly solid.
And she can see that Kate, a woman she’s only just met, is going to change her life forever.
Everyone is talking about The Rules of Seeing:
‘A tender, tense drama about love and the unexpected places you can find it’ Sunday Express
‘A quirky love story which promises to make you see the world in a completely new way’ Daily Mail
‘Joe Heap’s fascinating debut makes you think about the things most of us take for granted’Good Housekeeping
‘An inspiring story of love, loss and friendship’ #1 bestselling author Catherine Alliott
‘It really made me re-evaluate how I see the world…outstanding’Katy Regan, author of Big Little Man
‘A book that reveals the world in a different light and changes the way you see it…Extraordinary’ Sunday Times bestseller Miranda Dickinson
‘Startlingly, outstandingly good’ Benjamin Ludwig, author of Ginny Moon
‘Truly original…it kept me guessing until the nail-biting end. A stunning and memorable page-turner’ Sarah J. Harris, author of The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder
‘Is it a love-story? Is it a thriller? It’s both. With tender love scenes that made me catch my breath and a menacing story thread that had me holding it, I loved it, loved it, loved it’ Irish Times best-seller Fionnuala Kearney
‘Extraordinary – a compelling, enlightening story with dark shadows and hope at its heart. It’s a book that reveals the world in a different light and changes the way you see it. So fresh, so original and so vivid, I loved it!’ Sunday Times bestseller, Miranda Dickinson
About the author
Joe Heap was born in 1986 and grew up in Bradford, the son of two teachers. In 2004, he won the Foyle Young Poets award, and he is a published poet. He studied for a BA in English Literature at Stirling University and a Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. Joe lives in London with his long-suffering girlfriend, short-suffering baby, and much-aggrieved cat. The Rules of Seeing is his first novel.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Joe Heap’s unique debut will change the way you evaluate what’s in front of your eyes. 32-year-old Nova has been blind since birth. After she undergoes a revolutionary operation to give her sight, she struggles with overwhelming and terrifying experiences trying to understand new phenomena like body language. While in the hospital, Nova meets Kate, an architect recovering from life-changing trauma. These two expertly drawn characters find solace in each other as they try to make sense of their confusing new worlds. When a menacing figure from Kate’s past reemerges, this beautiful, uplifting story transforms into an absorbing psychological thriller.