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Week Six of Ephemeral Digest’s ongoing Bristol Novel World Cup saw Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion pitched against Eye Contact by Fergus McNeill for a place in the second round. Eye Contact is a serial killer thriller set in and around Bristol – the first body turns up on Severn Beach – and it’s published by Hodder and Stoughton, who also publish Stephen King.

So our little Airship is up against the big guns.

Airship cover by Andy Bigwood

Airship cover by Andy Bigwood

Here’s what Joanna had to say :

“Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion doesn’t shy away from the less glamorous aspects of the city such as its slavery connections and the tobacco industry but all is included in a rich Bristol setting.

Two excellent stories from its collection are Joanne Hall’s Brass and Bone which is based in Clifton and touches on the use of the Suspension Bridge in both folklore and local awareness.

The Girl with Red Hair, by Myfanwy Rodman is written so beautifully and hauntingly while making sure to use Bristol to its most picturesque best, never losing sight of its story. Not all the stories are as strong but all are true to their setting.”

And the Little Airship that Could makes it through to Round Two – Up the Gas!*

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*For the non-Bristolians, “The Gas” is the local nickname for Bristol Rovers, the slightly less successful of our two local football teams, and not the one that’s also a euphemism for boobs… Interestingly, if you look very closely at the front cover for Future Bristol, you can see the word “Rovers” written in teeny-tiny blue writing on the tail of the spaceship. I seem to recall that was Colin’s idea 🙂