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Two middle-aged women return to the forest where they encountered something terrifying as children.

Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two little girls, extracted from their homes in wartime London, encounter something terrifying in a forest. Later when they meet as grown women, they realise the experience has coloured their lives. A dark tale about the nature of stories themselves.

Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was originally published in the collection Little Black Book of Stories.

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  • The Thing in the Forest (Storycuts)
    A S Byatt



    November 17, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    52 pages

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