Good times ahead this week as the winner of this year’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize is announced (Wednesday 8th to be precise, at an event at Blackwell’s Charing Cross bookstore in London). And while I’ve never claimed that I was going to meet a deadline of sitting and reading through the entire shortlist before the winner was announced (I learnt my lesson on that one when I failed in my quest to read the shortlist for this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, back in April), I did focus on gathering together as many of the shortlisted titles as I could, so I could, at least, pay my respects to the award by reading what I could manage. In the end I managed to gather 3 out of the 5 shortlisted titles – The Cranes that Build Cranes by Jeremy Dyson (Little Brown), Love Me Tender by Jane Feaver (Harvill Secker) and What Becomes by A.L. Kennedy (Jonathan Cape) (missing are Nude by Nuala Ní Chonchúir (Salt Publishing) and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman (Big Finish)).
Of course we can only guess as to which of the five titles is going to emerge as the victor on Wednesday – the shortlist for this year is definitely a strong one – but what’s the betting that the title that wins, is one of the two titles that I don’t have at RobAround Manor? But will that really matter if it is? No, because that book is only a mouse click or two away, so no big deal. Regardless, it’s going to be fun working my way through the trio I already have, and whatever else from the shortlist that may be joining them.
I wish all shortlisted authors and publishers the very best of luck for Wednesday.