The Chiswick Calendar’s columnist wins short story prize

James Thellusson, resident of Chiswick aka ‘Man in the Middle’ has won a prize for one of his short stories.

James, who started writing the column last year for The Chiswick Calendar about his elderly mother moving in with his family, won the 2020 Sandstone Press short fiction prize for his story An Epidemic of Kindness [redacted].

Inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on the elderly it envisages a future in which government carers are billeted with the elderly and the vulnerable. The piece takes the form of a letter from the carer to her mother, reminiscent of letters from the first world war trenches.

Sandstone Press judge Dan Brotzel described the piece as ‘dystopian’ and ‘sinister’.

Thellusson said: “I am delighted to have won the Sandstone prize. At my age winning an egg and spoon race is exciting”.

I look forward to reading the story, which will be available on the Sandstone Press website from 1.00pm today (Friday 22 May).

And of course I take full credit for having spotted a talented writer!

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See also: Man in the Middle – Episode 1 The Letter

See also: Man in the Middle – Chapter 36: For whom the bell tolls