A brilliant collection of seven original stories by award-winning authors, inspired by different concepts of love.
'Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.'
Love is not a singular concept.
In this collection, seven award-winning authors explore seven concepts of love: from Philautia, self-love, to Agape, love for humanity; and from Storge, a natural affection for family, to Mania, a frenzied, obsessive love.
Seven authors; seven short stories; seven flashes of love.
This paperback edition of How Much the Heart Can Hold includes the winning short story from the SceptreLoves short story Prize.
With prose that is occasionally astonishing, these stories muddy the waters of the literature on love in the best possible way. - Financial Times
Startlingly original stories - Sunday Express S Magazine
All seven [stories] score an outright win in the battle to make the ethereal real. - Country Life
Together they assert that love is more heart-breaking and transforming than the word necessarily conveys. - Observer
Grace McCleen's first novel, The Land of Decoration, was published in 2012 and was awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize for the best first novel of the year. It was also chosen for Richard & Judy's Book Club and won her the Betty Trask Prize in 2013. Her second novel, The Professor of Poetry, was published by Sceptre in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Encore Award. She read English at the University of Oxford and has an MA from York, and currently lives in London.