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VS Pritchett Prize 2017 winner: “The Hikers” by Emily Ruth Ford

In the winning story, reprinted here, a woman hiking with her husband in the Hong Kong countryside reflects on her troubles

By Emily Ruth Ford  

Walking in the Hong Kong countryside

Across the night harbour, Hong Kong glimmers. The boat carves foam as it pulls away, juddering across the waves under a starless sky. Lana reaches down over the side, feels her hand drag in the spume, watches the Disneyland skyline recede in the distance. Winking glass shards, metallic boxes piled up like a child’s playset. The Bank of China tower slants jaggedly upwards. Bad feng shui, the South China Morning Post said when it was built. Thin top like a screwdriver drilling out…

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