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Summary

Writers short-listed for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize read their short-listed stories.

Collected here are the six best stories chosen by the judging panel of the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize 2017.

In them you'll encounter a range of characters: an Indian soldier fighting for the British in WWII; a teenage girl fasting in a small London flat; an out-of-work dad in an urban playground; a woman cleaning the toilets in Hong Kong International airport; a wealthy Malaysian teenager in his last few days of school; and a septuagenarian arrested on New Year's Eve.

Read here by the writers themselves, these stories will move, entertain and surprise you - and give a tantalising taste of the future work we might expect from these talented writers.

©2017 Arun Das, Jimi Famurewa, Kit Fan, Avani Shah, Lisa Smith and Henry Wong (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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mixed bag, worth a listen

The final story is excellent. Fresh story on playground parent discomfort and their awkward relationships.

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Not my cup of tea

I appreciate what these writers are trying to do which is write about things that people don't want to talk about and I know they are trying to open people's eyes to certain subjects but some of theses stories are boaring and repetitive. Sorry not for me.

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  • EDC Canada
  • 03-09-18

So bad.

It is apparent that the writers are reading their own stories - as both the writing and the narration is pointless and misery to listen to. The first story by Lisa Smith is so horrid, I had no idea what was going on other than a man was arrested and then went home to his wife. There was no apparent plot. To make it worse, every time Lisa Smith stopped narrating to do "character voices" I wasn't sure if she was speaking words. After about 5 minutes I discerned in the gibberish "Whatya do en mon" or something similar, and realized she was trying to do an accent - possibly Jamaican.
The second story was read so dryly, I coudn't take it anymore and wrote this review.
Horrid. Just horrid.

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  • 07-09-17

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