The shortlist

5th November 2004 at 00:00
Eve Green by Susan Fletcher (Fourth Estate). In this first novel, an eight year-old girl is sent to live with grandparents in rural Wales after her mother's death, and drawn into a mystery surrounding another child's disappearance.

Sickened: the true story of a lost childhood by Julie Gregory (Arrow). The author's mother has Munchausen's syndrome by proxy and seeks to turn her healthy daughter into a medical case.

Elvis, Jesus and Me by Emer McCourt (Virago). Scenes from a 1970s childhood in Belfast.

Wednesday's Child by Eloise Millar (Virago). Janet's imagination sustains her through growing up amid poverty and violence on the outskirts of 1980s Oxford.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Hodder Stoughton). A teenage girl sues her parents for forcing her to be a blood donor for her sister, who has leukaemia.

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (Faber). A novel set in a Canadian Mennonite community, like the one in which the author grew up.

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