How to Kill a Man

In this longlisted essay from the 2016 Competition, SCOTT WILSON discovers the best way to kill a man in Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s ‘In a Bamboo Grove’: ‘Murder is the ultimate crime and, as readers, we are routinely transfixed by stories that feature clever killers. These killers often exhibit a style of creative and lateral thinking that is strangely mesmerising to read or watch…’