The winner of the country's leading literary prize, the Man Booker, is announced next week and in the run-up to the award the Today programme is profiling the six authors who have been selected for the shortlist.
The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones went to meet Alison Moore at her home near Nottingham to talk about her book The Lighthouse.
She explained that it was the birth of her son that gave her an incentive to write the book: "If I didn't sit down and do it every evening, I was admitting that I would never get round to do it."
She described the novel as bleak: "There is something deep-down in me that maybe feels a little knotted."
Photograph of Alison Moore courtesy of Dan Norcott
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