The BBC International Short Story Award 2012

Overview

Absence and disappearance provide recurring themes in these 10 stories assembled from the BBC International Short Story Award competition: the abandonment of family members, estranged wives and errant husbands, the loss of a childhood friend and computer games mentor, and the convenient vanishing of whatever we deem disposable. Written by English-speaking writers from around the world—including Australia, the Balkans, Ireland, North America, and South Africa—this compilation shows the extraordinary diversity and ...

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Overview

Absence and disappearance provide recurring themes in these 10 stories assembled from the BBC International Short Story Award competition: the abandonment of family members, estranged wives and errant husbands, the loss of a childhood friend and computer games mentor, and the convenient vanishing of whatever we deem disposable. Written by English-speaking writers from around the world—including Australia, the Balkans, Ireland, North America, and South Africa—this compilation shows the extraordinary diversity and richness of the short story as a truly global form while also honoring the 2012 London Olympics. Contributors include the winner of the BBC International Short Story Award, Miroslav Penkov; runner-up Henrietta Rose-Innes; and Adam Ross, Carrie Tiffany, Chris Womersley, Deborah Levy, Julian Gough, Krys Lee, Lucy Caldwell, and M. J. Hyland.

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“When you've been reading M. J. Hyland, other writers seem to lack integrity.”  —Hilary Mantel, winner of the Man Booker Prize, on M. J. Hyland.

“Levy’s work represents an impressive stylistic achievement, tapping, I believe, at the door of that unrepressedly ‘feminine’ prose-style, which Virginia Woolf anticipated and coveted."  —Times on Deborah Levy

"The most riveting look at the dark side of marriage since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"  —Stephen King on Adam Ross's Mr. Peanut

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905583515
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Miroslav Penkov is a fiction editor for American Literary Review, an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas, and the author of the short story collection East of the West. He lives in Denton, Texas. Henrietta Rose-Innes is an author whose awards include the Caine Prize for African Writing and the South African PEN Literary Award. She was included in the anthology The Best American Nonrequired Reading and her novel Nineveh was short-listed for the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Clive Anderson is a long-standing broadcaster and comedian in the UK, and the chair of the judge's panel for the BBC International Short Story Award. He is the recipient of British Comedy Awards for Top Entertainment Presenter and Top Radio Comedy Personality and the British TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award during his tenure as presenter.

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