Sunday, 4 October 2015

BBC National Short Story Award 2015


It's the 10th anniversary of the awards.  I took the time to listen to the short listed ones on BBC R4 today.

They are:

Briar Road
by Jonathan Buckley

A woman with psychic abilities visits a family home to assist a couple discover whether their missing daughter is alive and well. 

 
Bunny 
by Mark Haddon 

A young man is trapped in his home because of his obesity.  One day a young woman from the neighbourhood turns up asking to borrow a hedge trimmer. Could she be his guardian angel?


Broderie Anglaise 
by Frances Leviston

A girl decides to make herself a dress to attend a family wedding and ends up locking horns with her mother over it's creation.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher 
by Hilary Mantel 

 A young woman whose flat is directly opposite the hospital where the prime minister is an in-patient receives a visitor under the pretext that he is an emergency plumber.


Do It Now, Jump The Table 
by Jeremy Page 

A young man is nervous as he is about to meet his girlfriend's parents for the first time, and their unconventional way of life doesn't exactly help the situation.


I enjoyed them all but 'Briar Road' gets my vote - because I found it intriguing and wanted more.

My runners up would be 'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher' - just because it's an excellent piece of fiction* in my view, and 'Do It Now, Jump The Table' - because the cringe factor made me laugh.

The actual winner will be announced this Tuesday (6th October).

Click here to get the link.

*Yes fiction. And yet the Tory press declined to publish it.

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