Former Christ Church chorister receives literary award and glowing reviews for “The Matter of the Heart”

We were thrilled to learn that one of our former choristers, Thomas Morris, had won an RSL Jerwood Award and has received critical acclaim for his book The Matter of the Heart. After completing his time as a Christ Church chorister, Thomas went on to Winchester, then returned to Christ Church to study for a degree in Music. He had a long career as a BBC radio producer, spending his last five years at the BBC as producer of Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time, before leaving to write full-time.

His book tells the story of cardiac surgery in eleven landmark operations, and demonstrates how a pioneering generation of doctors in the early twentieth century overcame a longstanding belief that the heart was out of bounds to the scalpel. Please click here for further details.

Thrilling… The “dizzying” story of heart surgery is every bit as important as that of the nuclear, computer or rocket ages. And now it has been given the history it deserves…

Sunday Times

Thomas Morris does for the history of cardiac surgery what The Right Stuff and Hidden Figures did for the space race… The book is – appropriately – pulse-thumpingly gripping and will be enjoyed by anyone who, in any sense of the phrase, has a heart.

Mark Lawson

Tremendous. An exhilarating sweep through ancient history and contemporary practice in surgery of the heart. It’s rich in extraordinary detail and stories that will amaze you. A wonderful book.

Melvyn Bragg

Crammed full of compelling characters and dramatic scenes, this book gets to the heart of a fascinating matter and demonstrates why it matters so much.

Thomas Wright, author of Circulation

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