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the octopus nest

by sophie hannah

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In 2004, Sophie won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story The Octopus Nest, which is published in her first collection of short stories.

Claire and Timothy are chilled to discover that the same strange woman keeps popping up in the background of their holiday snaps. Who is this apparent stalker? The answer is more frightening than Claire ever imagined. The Octopus Nest, Sophie Hannah’s prizewinning short story from her collection of ‘glittering darkness’ The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets is the first to be published as an exclusive eBook short.


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Sophie Hannah's (short story) debut will leave you feeling genuinely tickled and wanting more. The award-winning "The Octopus Nest” is menacing enough to keep the pages turning, and astute enough about rocky relationships to make even the narrator wince. Emma Hagestadt, The Independent

Hannah has an uncanny knack for letting you feel you could find your way blindfold amongst the Formica and office furniture, get comfy - only to find yourself tripping over the psychopath lurking by the kitchen sink…superbly unsettling. Sarah Hilary, The Short Review

Sophie Hannah’s (short story) debut will leave you feeling genuinely tickled and wanting more.
— Emma Hagestadt, The Independent

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