The Weight of a Human Heart

by Ryan O'Neill

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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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The Weight of a Human Heart Synopsis

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.

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The Weight of a Human Heart Press 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)

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ISBN: 9781908699206
Publication date: 24/07/2012
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781908699206
Publication date: 24th July 2012
Author: Ryan O'Neill
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Shorter Reads,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About Ryan O'Neill

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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