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In Lucy Caldwell’s powerful story about motherhood and loss, past and present collide. Read by Jessica Raine

In Lucy Caldwell’s powerful story where past and present collide and reflections on motherhood and loss lead to disquieting parallels between the story of nineteenth century writer and activist, Caroline Norton, and the present day plight of immigrant families on the border between the US and Mexico. The reader is Jessica Raine.

Now in its fourteenth year, the BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story. Following the announcement of the shortlist on Radio 4's Front Row, on Friday, 6th September, the five stories in contention for the 2019 award will be broadcast each weekday afternoon on Radio 4 at half past three from Monday, 9th September. To find out who wins this year, listeners should tune into Front Row on Tuesday, 1st October where the hotly anticipated announcement will be made live from the BBC Radio Theatre.

The shortlisted entries for this year's BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University are an eclectic mix, spanning a breadth of themes and topics; from confronting modern social and cultural issues to the contemporary and the political, and then onto the fantastical and escapist. Rich in variety the stories are united in their quest for empathy and understanding in an increasingly intolerant world.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard

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