It is that time again - BAFAB week. So in honour of Short Story September and BAFAB week I am giving away two collections of short stories both by Margaret Atwood: Bluebeard's Egg and Dancing Girls. They are 1980s paperbacks with the rather jolly Sally Geeve designed covers. I am giving away Bluebeard's Egg on here, and Dancing Girls on the other blog to which I contribute, Books4All.
To enter the draw for Bluebeard's Egg just leave a comment below telling us what the last short story you read was called. To enter the other draw pop across to Books4All. You have until the end of Wednesday 8th October UK time to enter both draws.
If you are running a BAFAB draw on your own website or blog then let me know as I will do a round up of all the draws in a few days.
As to the last BAFAB weeks draws I was lucky enough to win a copy of Paradise by A. L . Kennedy from In the Spring it is the Dawn which has been wending its way here from Japan. So thank you very much for that. I have never read any A. L. Kennedy and I am looking forward to it. At first glance her prose seems unpredictable and hard-edged but she pulls you into the narrative from the beginning:
In one fist I notice, I'm holding a key. Its fob is made of vicious green plastic, translucent and moulded to a shape which illustrated what would happen if a long dead ear were inflated until morbidly obese I only know that it's actually meant to be a leaf, because it is marked with an effort towards the stem, the ribs and the veins that a leaf might have. I presume I am supposed to like this key and give it the benefit of the doubt because people are fond of trees and, by extension, leaves. But I don't like leaves, not even real ones.
I will let you know how I get on with it.