The BBC National Short Story Award 2011

Overview

Bringing together some of Britain’s most talented and inventive authors of short fiction, this anthology is a compilation of the top five entries short-listed for the BBC National Short Story Award. Themes of desire, envy, and disconnection provide recurring motifs for these stories—the extremes that love can endure and what happens when love is not enough. A testament to the high quality of short story writing today, this collection will interest avid readers as well as creative writing and literature ...

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Overview

Bringing together some of Britain’s most talented and inventive authors of short fiction, this anthology is a compilation of the top five entries short-listed for the BBC National Short Story Award. Themes of desire, envy, and disconnection provide recurring motifs for these stories—the extremes that love can endure and what happens when love is not enough. A testament to the high quality of short story writing today, this collection will interest avid readers as well as creative writing and literature students.

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"A master class in understated creepiness . . . a deliciously macabre collection."  —Time Out on The New Uncanny
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905583416
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

M. J. Hyland

M. J. Hyland is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Manchester and the author of several books, including Carry Me Down, How the Light Gets In, and This Is How. She is the recipient of the Encore and Hawthornden prizes, and her work is regularly featured in publications such as the Financial Times, the London Review of Books, and the Irish Independent. Alison MacLeod is a part-time lecturer at the University of Chichester and the author of The Changeling and The Wave Theory of Angels. She is the recipient of the Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Prize for Short Fiction and her work has been widely featured, including in London Magazine, Prospect, and in the anthology The New Uncanny. Jon McGregor is an author of novels that include Even the Dogs and So Many Ways to Begin. He has twice been nominated for the Booker Prize and his short stories have been published in such literary magazines as Granta. K. J. Orr is an award-winning writer who has been short-listed for awards that include the London Writers' Prize. She was included in the anthology Cheque EnclosedD. W. Wilson is a writer and the author of the short story collection Once You Break a Knuckle. He is the recipient of the University of East Anglia's inaugural Man Booker Prize Scholarship. Sue MacGregor is a writer and a longtime broadcaster with the BBC, for which she was named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Biography

M. J. Hyland was born in London in 1968 to Irish parents, and spent her early childhood in Dublin. She now lives and works in Melbourne. Her short stories have been published in Australia, the USA and Ireland and she also edited the literary magazine, Nocturnal Submissions, for a number of years. She is currently working on a second novel.

Author biography courtesy of Canongate Books.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Hyland:

"For six years before I began writing How the Light Gets In I was a lawyer, and a very bad one. I left work early each night so that I could read, and did very little on the weekends but write. My colleagues -- all hardworking lawyers -- hated me, and I was miserable."

"I write all over my books while I read them, and violently dog-ear the pages."

"I must go to Antarctica on an icebreaker before I perish."

"I must learn to deep-sea-dive before I perish."

"Before I go to sleep, I read for an hour, or longer, and I write in my notebook -- ideas about the novel I am working on -- because of a rather daft superstition that I might, while sleeping, dream solutions for my characters or my plots. It works. I woke one morning from a dream about a character -- now the opening stanza of my second novel."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Maria Hyland
    2. Hometown:
      Melbourne, Australia
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 6, 1968
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      Arts/Law Degree, the University of Melbourne, Australia, 1996; M.A in English, The University of Melbourne, 2004
    2. Website:

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