Claire-Louise Bennett

Another master of the form is Claire-Louise Bennett. Her novel, Pond, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and her novel Checkout 19, was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, awarded annually to a piece of fiction that “breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form.”

Here’s an excerpt from her novel, Pond

Two Weeks Since

Walks up back road, holding on to hat, what he calls a skimmer, sees first one horse then another. Walks on. Climbs gate, jumps, lands wonky. Heart is huge. The lake captivates rain cloud.

Thinks of Twilight, privet hedges and a bookcase falling forward. Wishes for something. Raises hem out of the muck. Frayed lining drops, gets caught on a thorn, tears. Rain cloud pours down into the lake.