I don't like the term 'love it', but I thought this book was well worth reading a) as a means of gaining an insight into what judges regard as top quality short stories these days and b) as an opportunity to evaluate them for myself. I judge short stories on the basis of what I experience while I'm reading and what they leave me to think about afterwards. Mark Haddon, Cynan Jones and Junot Diaz all offered powerful, atmospheric writing. The stories by Haddon and Jones were both very exciting, and they managed to build tension which wasn't released till almost the end. For me Haddon would proabably have been the outright winner on this count. But then there was Sarah Hall's 'Evie'. Hall had a simple style of writing - plain, you might say - and she trod a very clever line between 'high art' and porn. I didn't enjoy the work while I was reading it. But afterwards I couldn't get it off my mind. I began to see what a lot it said about the relationship between men and women, and to understand that it raised an important question about the extent to which otherwise decent men will abuse women just because they can. Very thought-provoking.
Overall, I recommend the volume highly, and I'd love to know what others think.