Highly commended by the in the Costa Book Awards and later published in the London Magazine, I loved this deeply layered short story with its unusual subject matter and themes of loneliness, grief and inherent racism. Haleh is a skilled storyteller, and on each reading of ‘Not Contagious’ I seem to find something new, a fine detail that breaks my heart even more. Her wonderful debut novel Out of Touch is out now.
Published in The London Magazine, March 2020. You can read it here