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The Weight of a Human Heart

The Weight of a Human Heart

by Ryan O'Neill
Publication Date: 26/04/2012
'Stories full of wit, irony, wild invention, love and pain - and sometimes shocking power' Paddy O'Reilly

'By turns acerbic, playful and serious, O'Neill is equally at home with satire and pathos' CATE KENNEDY

Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, this collection turns the rules of storytelling on their head.

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

A literary stoush - 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.

Ranging from Australia to Africa to China and back again, The Weight of a Human Heart heralds a fresh new voice in Australian literature.
Contemporary fiction
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Ryan O'Neill

Ryan O’Neill is the author of The Weight of a Human Heart.

He was born in Glasgow in 1975 and has 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 Westerly.

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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