London Short Fiction: Mud Man
Continuing our series of short fiction set in, or influenced by London. This week’s story by Melaina Barnes is the winner of our competition with the British Academy’s Literature Week to find a new modern fairy tale for London. To explore the Literature Week programme — running 11-17 May — and register for events visit the British Academy’s website. Out he comes, dredged from the canal. The narrow-boat girls pat him, tend him, talk to him. –Mate. Clive has a fitful night with dreams of icy water and miring weeds. The next day, his wife leaves early. Clive takes a sip of tea. Clive wakes from a doze and tells himself he’s been dreaming. Clive lies fully dressed on top of the bed and watches TV. His wife chops onions. Clive’s wife arranges for him to see a counsellor. Londonist is proud to be media partner to the British Academy’s Literature Week. Copyright, Melaina Barnes, image by Ekaterina Nosenko in the Londonist Flickr pool. Fairy tales The Fingernail Fairy: Do you believe in her?