A Heart That Works - Rob Delaney

A Heart That Works

By Rob Delaney

  • Release Date: 2022-11-29
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
Score: 4.5
From 133 Ratings


New York Times bestseller * The New Yorker Best Books of 2022 * Entertainment Weekly Best Books of 2022 * USA Today Best Books of 2022 * Time 100 Must-Read Books of 2022 * Mother Jones Books We Needed in 2022 * People Fall Must Read * 2022 BuzzFeed Fall Reading pick

A visceral and deeply personal memoir by the star of the Amazon Prime series Catastropheabout love, loss, and fatherhood.

In 2016, Rob Delaney’s one-year-old son, Henry, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The family had moved from Los Angeles to London with their two young boys when Rob’s wife was pregnant with Henry, their third. The move was an adventure and a challenge that would bind them even more tightly together as they navigated the novelty of London, the culture clashes, and the funhouse experience of Rob’s fame—thanks to his role as co-creator and co-star of the hit series Catastrophe. Henry’s illness was a cataclysm that changed everything about their lives. Amid the hospital routine, surgeries, and brutal treatments, they found a newfound community of nurses, aides, caregivers, and fellow parents contending with the unthinkable. Two years later, Henry died, and his family watched their world fall away to reveal the things that matter most. 

A Heart That Works is Delaney’s intimate, unflinching, and fiercely funny exploration of what happened – from the harrowing illness to the vivid, bodily impact of grief and the blind, furious rage that followed, through to the forceful, unstoppable love that remains. In the madness of his grief, Delaney grapples with the fragile miracle of life, the mysteries of death, and the question of purpose for those left behind. 

Delaney’s memoir—profound, painful, full of emotion, and bracingly honest—offers solace to those who have faced devastation and shows us how grace may appear even in the darkest times.


  • A Heart That Works

    By Lynlouise
    This so touched my heart and helped me understand more how my loved ones are currently feeling and have felt during their family experiences of death, in the family!
  • Relatable, devastating and hilarious

    By mamatiff82
    Heartbreaking and funny and relatable for parents, who have, like Rob, sat in the hospital and received the most devastating news about their beloved child. I read through this book quickly at times, and other times slowly, as if I were sitting with a friend who was so relatable, and so fully human, even in the midst and aftermath of an unimaginable grief and loss. Rob Delaney, thank you. I will never forget your little Henry.
  • Tragic in the best way

    By haporrello
    My heart broke into pieces reading this book. His pain was real and raw and yet his humor was just as real and appropriate. It was a quick read, minus the times I had to stop because my eyes were clouded with tears. I hope he found some healing/ comfort in writing it. If you like tragic memoirs, definitely pick this one up!
  • Absolutely beautiful. Absolutely devastating.

    By 1clever_girl
    over the floor, and then clobber them — and then sort you out and stitch you back together. It is devastatingly beautiful. It will wreck you. It will help you heal. It will show you the grace and joy and closeness that can be found during loss and death. What a gift Rob has shared by releasing this book and narrating it.
  • Wow

    By Maddietwin
    Just wow. I read in 3.5 hours and cried for a good 3 of them.
  • I wish it wasn’t over

    By schoenbergersm
    Henry sounds awesome.
  • So irreplaceably validating

    By perfect_squircle
    I lost my toddler son, too. Reading this has been such a welcome release and I am deeply grateful for having read it. Thank you, Rob.