Kilifi Creek by Lionel Shriver

bookshelves: autumn-2014, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, afr-kenya, published-2014, adventure

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Read from September 23 to 26, 2014

Description: In Lionel Shriver’s shortlisted story a naïve, freeloading, young woman makes her first trip abroad and finds herself in peril. Nancy Crane reads the next contender for this prestigious award for a single short story.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Now in its ninth year, the BBC National Short Story Award continues to be one of the most prestigious and established awards for a single short story. The 2014 short list crowns a year which has seen short story writers scoop many of the major literary awards including the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Man Booker International Prize.

The shortlist for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with Booktrust comprises five beguiling and compelling stories from a mix of terrifically acclaimed writers in the genre and exciting up-and-coming writers, all vying for the top award of £15,000. Pivoting on transformative moments in people’s lives, the stories are intimate explorations and reflections of coming of age, the attritions of time, love and betrayal. They take listeners across the globe from Wales and Kenya to London and New York.

Much better story for 2014 than the horrible Shriver 2013 entry. Looks like it should be Zadie Smith for this year’s award if my ratings count for owt.


2.5* Bad Dreams by Tessa Hadley
3* The American Lover by Rose Tremain
3.5* The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Francesca Rhydderch
4* Miss Adele amidst the Corsets by Zadie Smith
3.5* Kilifi Creek by Lionel Shriver


2* Preposition by Lionel Shriver
3* Barmouth by Lisa Blower
4* Mrs Fox by Sarah Hall
3* Notes From the House Spirits by Lucy Wood

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