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The Weight of a Human Heart by Ryan O'Neill
  

The Weight of a Human Heart

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

This prize winning short story collection is sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, but always startlingly original. The Weight of a Human Heart turns the rules of storytelling on their head.

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Synopsis

The Weight of a Human Heart by Ryan O'Neill

A series of graphs illustrates the disintegration of a marriage, step by excruciating step.

A literary feud – and an affair – play out in the book review section of a national newspaper.
The heartbreaking story of a Rwandan boy is hidden in the pages of his English exam paper.

A young girl learns her mother’s disturbing secrets through the broken key on a typewriter.
The Weight of a Human Heart heralds the arrival of an author destined for literary stardom.

Reviews

Praise for The Weight of a Human Heart:

‘In O’Neill’s hands, the minor art form of the short story becomes major art.’ Bookseller (Australia)

‘Full of wit, irony, wild invention, love and pain — and sometimes shocking power’ Paddy O’Reilly (The Fine Colour Of Rust)

‘By turns acerbic, playful and serious, O’Neill is equally at home with satire and pathos’ Cate Kennedy (The World Beneath)

About the Author

Ryan O’Neill was born in Glasgow in 1975. He lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings and Harvest. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards and been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Steele Rudd Award and the Age Short-Story Prize. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th July 2012

Author

Ryan O'Neill

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Publisher

Old Street Publishing

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Short Story Collections
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9781908699206

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