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Short story: Animal, vegetable

"Your friend repeats the name of the disease and the number of its variant, but you can’t take it in"

By Kate Clanchy   June 2015

© Michelle Kondrich

The novelist and memoirist Kate Clanchy won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2009. The story below, “Animal, Vegetable,” is taken from her new collection The Not-Dead and the Saved. It imagines a rivalrous friendship between two mothers. Clanchy says: “Surely all mothers of young children must at some point stand by a wailing pram in a gutter and ask themselves if they really have to do this bit? When I was such a mother, with such a pram, I was also teaching…

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