BBC National Short Award 2014 - Shortlist
Tessa Hadley - Bad Dreams
Tessa Hadley's Bad Dreams elegantly and precisely captures the moment when a child's unexpected awakening exposes the unease and isolation lurking beneath the surface of her home life.
Francesca Rhydderch - The Taxidermist's Daughter
Francesca Rhydderch's The Taxidermist's Daughter brilliantly depicts a young girl in post-war rural Wales first becoming aware of her sexuality and the attractions of an older man.
Lionel Shriver - Kilifi Creek
In Kilifi Creek, Lionel Shriver takes as her subject a young gap year traveller's brief encounter with mortality. Wry, witty and understated, this is a masterly meditation on how we react to what life might have in store for us.
Zadie Smith - Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets
In Zadie Smith's Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets an ageing American performer comes face-to-face with a multitude of resentments while buying undergarments on the East Side of New York City. This is a short explosive encounter, but one with deep reverberations.
Rose Tremain - The American Lover
In Rose Tremain's The American Lover an English woman recalls the prolonged anguish of a transfiguring, disfiguring love affair. This is an intensely moving story of a life lost to love.