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James Lasdun

An interview with the winner of the inaugural National Short Story prize

By Sophie Lewis   September 2006

James Lasdun won the inaugural National Short Story prize in May this year, for his story “An Anxious Man.” Lasdun, who is British but now lives in the US, is the author of two collections of short stories and three books of poetry. He is also a novelist and screenwriter, and one of his short stories, “The Siege,” was adapted by Bernardo Bertolucci into the film “Besieged.”

Lasdun was guest of honour at the press launch for the second year of the prize, held at the Edinburgh book festival in August. I found him there, a little dazed, and suggested…

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