The next of the five stories shortlisted for this prestigious award for published writers is Butcher's Perfume by Sarah Hall. This gritty coming-of-age story is set in Carlisle where a disturbing event binds a teenage girl to the awe-inspiring Slessor family in which the wild blood of the region runs strong. Read by Emma Rydal. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.
A link to a free podcast of the story will be available for download for two weeks following broadcast from the BBC Radio 4 website, where you can also watch previews of the other shortlisted stories and join the debate about this year's shortlist.