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if a book is locked there's probably a good reason for that, don't you think?

By Helen Oyeyemi. Office politics turn dark when a newcomer's handbag is upturned and secrets spill out. Tamara Lawrance reads.

Shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017.

In Helen Oyeyemi's story office politics turn dark when a newcomer's handbag is upturned and secrets spill out. Read by Tamara Lawrance.

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, including The Icarus Girl (2005); The Opposite House (2007); White is for Witching (2009), which won a Somerset Maugham Award and was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist; Mr Fox (2011) and Boy, Snow, Bird (2014), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her short story collection, What is not yours is not yours, was published in 2016 and won the PEN Open Book Award. Helen was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013. She studied social and political sciences at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.

The five stories in the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflected an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

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