An Interview with Author Ryan O'Neill: Background information when reading The Weight of a Human Heart

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The Weight of a Human Heart


by Ryan O'Neill

The Weight of a Human Heart
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    Jul 2013, 240 pages
    Jul 2014, 240 pages

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Beyond the Book:
An Interview with Author 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 Westerly. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards. The Weight of a Human Heart has been shortlisted for the 2012 Queensland Literary Prize—Steele Rudd Award. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

Author Ryan O'Neill What most appeals to you about the short story format?

One of the main things that appeals to me about short stories, as both a reader and a writer, is their variety. I love the fact that in a collection or anthology, one story might be a tragedy told in first person and set in America, and the next might be comedy told in the third person and set in Australia, for example. Some see this as a flaw in short fiction; that you don't spend a great deal of time in any one ...

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