Two Picador authors have been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
The stories are ‘I Live Alone’ by Graham Swift, Booker Prize-winning author of Last Orders, Waterland and Wish You Were Here amongst others, and ‘Eyes on Me, Eyes on You’ by Belinda McKeon, author of Solace, which won the Irish Book of the Year 2011.
The shortlist will be announced on 24th February 2013 and the winner - who will receive £30,000, on 22nd March 2013.
'I Live Alone' by Graham Swift
Given the devastating news that he has a terminal illness, a solicitor reflects on his life up to the point of his diagnosis and the freedom he had unwittingly enjoyed beforehand. Underlying his thoughts as he tentatively vows to carry on as normal and absorb the news is the fact that he lives alone, and the meaning and even potential hope this situation holds for him.
'Eyes on Me, Eyes on You' by Belinda McKeon
Annie and Brendan, Irish emigrants living in New York, are still new enough to be hyper aware of the differences between their new and old homeland. During a lunch with friends, Annie tells a ghost story, which is so successfully received that it compels her to divulge a further, more personal tale. While it enraptures her friends, Brendan is acutely embarrassed. Eyes on Me, Eyes on You weaves cultural and personal identity with storytelling.
See the full longlist on Book Trust's website
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