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The Redemption of Galen Pike

The winning story from this year's VS Pritchett Memorial Prize

By Carys Davies   December 2011

Carys Davies was born in Llangollen, north Wales, studied modern languages at Oxford University and has worked as a journalist on both sides of the Atlantic. She won the 2011 VS Pritchett Memorial Prize for the following story. Davies’s stories have been broadcast on Radio 4 and have picked up many other prizes, including last year’s Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award. “Writing a short story is always risky and very, very difficult,” Davies says. “I never know if I am going to pull it off. But when it works it feels quite magical: an alchemy of inevitability and surprise.”…

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