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The smiling short story writer on why she pens dark tales

Norwich writer Sarah Hall has been shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards with her unsettling short story collection, Madame Zero.

Sarah, who is originally from Cumbria, has been twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Below is a report by ITV Anglia's Natalie Gray.

Sarah Hall's book Madame Zero Credit: ITV Anglia

Madame Zero includes stories about a post-apocalyptic Norwich, a woman who metamorphises into a vixen, a rogue virus that will cull a quarter of humankind and, a girl who worries about her mum tending dead babies in the mortuary where she works.

" Short stories allow you to go to those slightly haunted, uncomfortable places. It's a great form for showcasing what disturbs us all as human beings."

– Sarah Hall, writer.
ITV Anglia Correspondent Elodie Harper who has also been short-listed

Sarah Hall is up against ITV Anglia correspondent Elodie Harper who has written the chiller thriller The Binding Song based in a fictional prison in Norfolk.

The Binding Song by ITV correspondent Elodie Harper Credit: Hodder & Stoughton

The winner will be announced on Friday. Since the awards began in 2008, they have highlighted the works of well over 130 authors, almost 170 titles, and more than 90 publishers.