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How Much the Heart Can Hold: the perfect alternative Valentine's gift: Seven Stories on Love

Grace McCleen, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Carys Bray, Bernardine Evaristo, Donal Ryan, D.W. Wilson, Nikesh Shukla

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories

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.'
Zelda Fitzgerald

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.

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Praise for How Much the Heart Can Hold: the perfect alternative Valentine's gift: Seven Stories on Love

  • 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

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Grace McCleen

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.

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