A&E experience puts Hilary Mantel in line for award
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.