If you enjoyed the film Secretary, adapted from a story by Mary Gaitskill of the same title, you will find much to like in her latest novel – Veronica, which has been short-listed for the National Book Award.

New York Times book review describes Veronica as ‘...a rumination on the relationship between beauty and cruelty”. Megan O’Rourke said it best – “Gaitskill's brand of brainy lyricism, of acid shot through with grace, is unlike anyone else's. And it constitutes some of the most incisive fiction writing around.”. Watch the NBA announcement on November 16th. I am betting on this one.