How Much the Heart Can Hold: the perfect alternative Valentine's gift
Seven Stories on Love
By Carys Bray, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Bernardine Evaristo, Grace McCleen, Donal Ryan, Nikesh Shukla, and D.W. Wilson
Read by Grainne Gillis, Jane Collingwood, Jeff Harding, Jilly Bond, Luke Thompson, Raj Ghatak, and Sarah Barron
A brilliant collection of seven original stories inspired by different concepts of love, by seven award-winning authors.
'No one has 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:
La Douleur Exquise (the pain of unrequited love)
Before It Disappears by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (c) 2016
Pragma (enduring love)
One More Thing Coming Undone by D.W. Wilson (c) 2016
Philautia (love for oneself)
White Wine by Nikesh Shukla (c) 2016
Mania (obsessive love)
Magdala, Who Slips Sometimes by Donal Ryan (c) 2016
Storge (familial love)
Codas by Carys Bray (c) 2016
Eros (erotic love)
The Love Story by Grace McCleen (c) 2016
Agape (love for humanity)
The Human World by Bernardine Evaristo (c) 2016
Seven authors; seven short stories; seven flashes of love.
The publication of How Much the Heart Can Hold is heralded by a Sceptre short story competition. The winning story, based on a concept of love, will be published in the paperback edition.
(P) 2016 Hodder & Stoughton
Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of seven books, including her most recent novel, Mr Loverman (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin-Random House, 2013).
Carys Bray is the author of a collection of short stories, Sweet Home, and two novels, A Song for Issy Bradley, which was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, and The Museum of You.
D. W. Wilson is a short story writer, novelist, Canadian citizen by birth and temperament, video game nerd, teacher, and redneck - among other things. He is currently between books, but his previous works are a short story collection, Once You Break a Knuckle, and Ballistics, a novel.
Donal Ryan was born in Tipperary in 1976; he's a novelist, short-story writer and Fellow of the University of Limerick.
Grace McCleen studied English Literature at Oxford and York Universities. She has written three critically acclaimed novels and reviews fiction for national newspapers.
Nikesh Shukla is the author of Coconut Unlimited, Meatspace and The Time Machine, the editor of the collection The Good Immigrant and a sitcom writer.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of the novel Harmless Like You, and her short work has appeared in, among other places, the Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, and NPR's Selected Shorts.
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03 Nov 2016
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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
Startlingly original stories — Sunday Express S Magazine
With prose that is occasionally astonishing, these stories muddy the waters of the literature on love in the best possible way. — Financial Times