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'The Taxidermist's Daughter' / Francesca Rhydderch

The BBC National Short Story Award 2014

Swansea University Author: Francesca, Rhydderch

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‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’ is a short story set in a west Wales seaside town shortly after the First World War. A girl in her early teens, Daisy, is employed by her father to help him with his taxidermy business, but she is only ever allowed to paint and decorate the glass cases, never to touch th...

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Published in: The BBC National Short Story Award 2014
ISBN: 9781905583676
Published: Manchester Comma Press 2014
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa35896
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Abstract: ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’ is a short story set in a west Wales seaside town shortly after the First World War. A girl in her early teens, Daisy, is employed by her father to help him with his taxidermy business, but she is only ever allowed to paint and decorate the glass cases, never to touch the birds and small animals preserved and sold by her father. The arrival of a curious professor of Natural History causes seismic shifts in the close-knit family, who are still mourning the loss of Daisy’s brother, David, at the Battle of the Somme. New worlds open up to Daisy, but much as she had yearned to grow up, moving into adulthood proves a painful process.
Item Description: This short story was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2014. It was published to coincide with the announcement of the shortlisting, and broadcast on Radio 4.
College: College of Arts and Humanities