It's the 10th anniversary of the awards. I took the time to listen to the short listed ones on BBC R4 today.
by Jonathan Buckley
A woman with psychic abilities visits a family home to assist a couple discover whether their missing daughter is alive and well.
by Mark Haddon
A young man is trapped in his home because of his obesity. One day a young woman from the neighbourhood turns up asking to borrow a hedge trimmer. Could she be his guardian angel?
by Frances Leviston
A girl decides to make herself a dress to attend a family wedding and ends up locking horns with her mother over it's creation.
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
by Hilary Mantel
A young woman whose flat is directly opposite the hospital where the prime minister is an in-patient receives a visitor under the pretext that he is an emergency plumber.
Do It Now, Jump The Table
by Jeremy Page
A young man is nervous as he is about to meet his girlfriend's parents for the first time, and their unconventional way of life doesn't exactly help the situation.
I enjoyed them all but 'Briar Road' gets my vote - because I found it intriguing and wanted more.
My runners up would be 'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher' - just because it's an excellent piece of fiction* in my view, and 'Do It Now, Jump The Table' - because the cringe factor made me laugh.
The actual winner will be announced this Tuesday (6th October).
Click here to get the link.
*Yes fiction. And yet the Tory press declined to publish it.