The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, Paperback / softback Book

The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales Paperback / softback

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Winner of the Scott PrizeWinner of the 2015 Polari First Book PrizeWinner of the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story CollectionThe Herald: Book of the Year 2014Shortlisted for the 2014 Green Carnation PrizeTwenty tales of lust and loss.

These stories feature clockwork hearts, lascivious queens, paper men, island circuses, and a flooded world.

On the island of Skye, an antlered girl and a tiger-tailed boy resolve never to be friends - but can they resist their unique connection?

In an alternative 19th-century Paris, a love triangle emerges between a man, a woman, and a coin-operated boy.

A teenager deals with his sister's death by escaping from their tiny Scottish island - but will she let him leave? In 1920s New Orleans, a young girl comes of age in her mother's brothel.

Some of these stories are radical retellings of classic tales, some are modern-day fables, but all explore substitutions for love.

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