BBC National Short Award 2014 - Shortlist

BBC SHort Story Award shortlist Book Trust

 

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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