On Tuesday 1st October The Borough Press author Lionel Shriver won this year's BBC National Short Story Award for her story Kilifi Creek.
The US writer who lives in London and was previously shortlisted for the prize in 2009 and 2013, received acclaim for her story about a woman who cheats death.
Chair of the judges Alan Yentob said: "From a fantastic shortlist, Lionel Shriver's Kilifi Creek stood out as a wonderful evocation of life in miniature, crossing continents and generations. Shriver proves that short really is sweet.”
Lionel said: "I love working in a form that doesn't consume a couple of years. Ironically, low temporal risk can facilitate high-risk style and content. In a short story, you can try anything."