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An anxious new mother contemplates life without the baby; a young brides watches the love of her life walk away on her wedding day; a boy receives a surprise birthday gift; two neighbours come together for lunch…

Here is an anthology of thirteen wonderfully original and diverse short stories – surprising, delightful, moving, and thought provoking.

New writing from Mahsuda Snaith, Deepa Anappara, Farhana Shaikh Farrah Yusuf, Jocelyn Watson, Huma Qureshi, Amna Khokher, Rosie Dastgir, Nilopar Uddin, Reetinder Boparai, Susmita Bhattacharya, Palo Stickland and Priya Khanchandani.

Be prepared for the unexpected…



The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2012 set out to discover and recognise the very best new writing emerging from Asian writers. Five Degrees presents fourteen short stories long-listed in this year’s competition.

The stories reflects not only the depth and quality of writing being produced by new and emerging voices in Britain today but also go some way to challenge the perpetuated myth that Asian writers only produce a certain kind of fiction.

Launched at this year’s South Asian Literature at the fabulous Bush Theatre in an event hosted by Bidisha, copies of the books literally flew off the shelves!




Foreword by Claire Chambers

In our first ever collection we produced something that really served as an extension of our website – a mixture of new writing by established and emerging writers, interviews with some of the most prominent Asian authors and an exclusive never published before in depth interview with literary agent, Lorella Belli.

Interviews with Man Booker Prize nominated Mohsin Hamid, Orange Prize nominated Roopa Farooki and Winner of the Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2010, Rana Dasgupta amongst others capture the experiences of writers from across the South Asian diaspora.

An eclectic mix of poetry and prose by emerging writers explore themes of love and loss, belonging and identity, tradition and ambition.

An advice section for aspiring writers includes a full in depth interview with agent, Lorella Belli and snippets of advice from over twenty published writers.

A must read for aspiring writers.