Book review: Once Upon a Time There Was a Traveller Edited by Kate Pullinger
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Saturday 10 August 2013
These "Asham award-winning stories" by women are themed around travel.
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A tender inner journey is made in Kate Marsh's "School Run" which reflects on the trajectory of married life, while in Tessa Green's "Departure Time" a gut wrenching train ride is being made back home.
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