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Six Shorts - The finalists for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award
 
 

Six Shorts - The finalists for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award [Kindle Edition]

Mark Haddon , Sarah Hall , Junot Diaz , Ali Smith , Cynan Jones , Toby Litt
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award is the world's richest and most prestigious prize for a short story, with £30,000 going to the winner.

This special ebook contains, exclusively and in full, all six shortlisted stories competing for the 2013 award, written by some of the best names in modern fiction - American Pulitzer prize-winner Junot Díaz, Man Booker shortlisted novelists Sarah Hall and Ali Smith, Betty Trask-winner Cynan Jones, Granta Best of Young British novelist Toby Litt, and Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Containing some strong language and graphic imagery, these challenging, varied and powerful stories show just how compelling short-form fiction can be.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 262 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publisher: The Sunday Times; 1 edition (13 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFVZYN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Cynan Jones was born in Wales in 1975.

His first novel 'The Long Dry' (2006) won a Society of Authors Betty Trask award and has since been translated into numerous languages.

His second book 'Everything I Found on the Beach' was published by Parthian in June 2011.

Both books will be re-released in July '14 by Granta, working in partnership with Parthian.

His latest novel is 'The Dig', a chapter of which was shortlisted for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

He is also author of 'Bird, Blood, Snow', a re-telling of the Medieval Peredur tale, written as one of Seren's 'New Stories from the Mabinogion.'

For updates and news, visit www.cynanjones.net


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4.0 out of 5 stars Would a proofread kill them? 7 Mar 2013
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These are very good stories - as you'd expect. Turned out I'd read four of the six before, but I'm a glutton for contemporary short stories so it's not a great surprise. Junot Diaz should win the competition.

The only trouble is that as with so many ebooks, there are errors. There were typos and punctuation problems (and missing words) that tripped up my reading, in every one of the stories. Publishers, we are paying for these products; do you think you could do readers - and the writers, for that matter - the courtesy of proofreading? Thanks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good writing 13 May 2014
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I have not read every story so far but what I have read it's very well written. I did not "like" all of them, but that says more about my sensitivities than the writing, just includes some material I would not normally read, which is no bad thing I guess
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 22 Mar 2014
By alex
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If these are the sorts of short story being given prizes I am not impressed. Too much gratuitous and visceral sex for my liking and not all that well written either
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3.0 out of 5 stars SHORT STORIES ARE GOOD BEDTIME READING 19 Mar 2014
By Peter C
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I enjoy a read before I go to sleep but sadly this collection did not suit me.

They were ordinary but not up to Sunday Times standard. I would not recommend this book, I am afraid, sorry!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Half in half. 1 Oct 2013
By angedan
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As my title suggests I really enjoyed half of these story's & the other half......not so much.
My favourite was" Evie " by Sarah Hall, it was a beautifully written depiction of a woman's decline into serious illness that affects others around her in rather eye opening ways.
My least favourite was the offering by Toby Lott,it was sooo irritating,I really don't understand how it managed to get itself included in this volume,it certainly wasn't worthy of any prizes in my opinion, I felt like screaming "If you can't be bothered to write this story,then leave it alone"......I see the parallels he was trying to compare with his own Mother's illness. No,I didn't get it at all.
The 4 other story's ranged from ok...Mark Haddon to really boring....Cynan Jones
The price of the book is tiny so it was well worth just buying it for Sarah Hall's story alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading 17 Sep 2013
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some of it good, so overall, okay 18 Aug 2013
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I liked the Haddon story, and one or two others, but overall disappointing, so not really any good for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different 9 Jun 2013
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Not too sure of the subject matter but the writing good. The description of the badger hunt was very vivid.
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