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Salon Member Clare Clark Makes the Longlist for The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2014

posted Feb 5, 2014, 2:31 AM by Jenny McPhee   [ updated Feb 5, 2014, 2:43 AM ]
Clare Clark - Ward Three


Clare read History at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was a Senior Scholar and graduated with a Double First. She spent eleven years in advertising, working both in the UK and in the USA. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Great Stink, was published by Viking in 2005. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and won both the Pendleton May First Novel award and the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices award. She has three more novels: The Nature of Monsters; Savage Lands,which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010 and Beautiful Lies.


Clare is a regular contributor to the Guardian's literary pages and writes for several other broadsheet newspapers, both in the UK and the USA. She also works as a guest tutor for the Creative Writing MA at City University, run by Jonathan Myerson, and sits on the advisory board to the Cheltenham Literary Festival. Clare is married with two children and lives in London. She is currently writing her fifth novel, after which she will be writing a play.


Story synopsis

This story is about War veterans recovering from disfiguring and life-changing wounds who share a hospital ward, and looks at how reconnecting with people from their past can sometimes create unforeseen devastation.


First lines

'Tom thought Ward Three must be easier for the men who had been at public school. That was most of them in those days, the Spitfire years before the bombers came in and took over. The ward had the air of a Sixth Form common room just before the Christmas holidays.'

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