Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

A&E experience puts Hilary Mantel in line for award

By Sherna Noah

Hilary Mantel has been shortlisted for this year's BBC National Short Story Award - for an account of a night spent in a hospital.

The Wolf Hall author and double Booker Prize winner is one of five writers in the running for the £15,000 award.

Mantel (64) was briefly a hospital social worker and her story, In A Right State, describes one person's experience of a night spent in accident & emergency.

It was inspired by playwright Alan Bennett's account of a visit to hospital, documented in the London Review of Books.

The winner will be picked from the five-strong, all-female shortlist and announced on October 4.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph