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Sophie Elmhirst is a freelance writer and former New Statesman features editor.
5 October 2012: Sophie Elmhirst visits Hilary Mantel, her reputation on the rise, on the cusp of her second Booker Prize win.
“Nobody buys short stories anyway,” says a character, Richard, in the prologue to Kirsty Gunn’s new collection, Infidelities. “No one thinks there’s enough going on.” The challenge from writer to reader is stark; watch out, there will be plenty going on here.