Island Chain: Short Stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2018
In a bid to escape her drunken father, a girl launches herself off the garden swing, letting it lift her so high she turns into a bird. From his hut at the edge of a council estate, an old man watches a dog fall from a pylon on a parachute made from a bed sheet. An old woman in a nursing home believes she is talking to Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Aliens kidnap a teenage boy, who wants to tell the local radio station all about it. Four women huddle in the back of a white transit van, whose driver is a little too curious about who they are. An office worker finds herself maddened by the noise of the building site next door. But what if only she can hear it? The stories in this exciting anthology turn ordinary houses, workplaces, cars and gardens into spaces of revelation, offering glimpses of new worlds. They transform ordinary life, making mundane details thrilling and dangerous. The stories in Island Chain are all original, yet are connected by deep underlying layers of meaning and theme, like islands in an archipelago.
The Cheshire Prize for Literature was inaugurated in 2003 as the High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature. It is administered by the University of Chester. The 2018 Competition was for short stories and this anthology contains the 21 entries shortlisted for the prize, including the two eventual winners and five runners-up. Details of the prize are available at www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize
William Stephenson (Editor), Island Chain: Short Stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2018, 2019, ISBN 978-1-908258-34-2, £10.99.
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