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See the world in a different way with the most uplifting, unforgettable and gripping novel of 2018

Nova is 32 years old and she is about to see the world for the very first time.

Jillian Safinova, Nova to her friends, can do many things. She can speak five languages. She can always find a silver lining. And she can even tell when someone is lying just from the sound of their voice.

But there's one thing Nova can't do. She can't see.

When her brother convinces her to have an operation that will restore her sight, Nova wakes up to a world she no longer understands. Until she meets Kate.

As Kate comes into focus, her past threatens to throw them into a different kind of darkness. Can they each learn to see the world in a different … and open their eyes to the lives they could have been living all along?


About Joe Heap

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.



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

An utterly compelling blend of tenderness and menace…astonishing. Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

Uplifting. I loved it. It’s made me see the world in a different way. Dawn O Porter


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