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Winner of the Portico Prize
Winner of the sting Hill college brief tale Prize
Short-listed for the Frank O'Connor foreign brief tale Award

Sarah corridor has been hailed as "one of the main major and intriguing of Britain's younger novelists" (The Guardian). Now, during this selection of brief fiction released in England to out of the ordinary compliment, she has created a piece right now provocative and mesmerizing. 

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