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A Kind of Intimacy

A Kind of Intimacy

British author Jenn Ashworth has written three novels, various short stories and also works on freelance story-telling and creative writing projects.

In 2011 she was deemed as one of the UK’s 12 best new novelists.

“A Kind of Intimacy” was her first book and won the 2010 Betty Trask Award.

Her other two books include “Cold Light” and “The Friday Gospels”.  Her novels have been published in the US and translated into French, German and Italian.



Annie is more than a little overweight, lonely and hoping for a more meaningful future.  A self-help book addict, she moves into a new home and sets out to be “neighbourly”, particularly with the man next door.

Wishing to put her violent past and less than conventional sexual exploits behind her, Annie does everything in her power for a new image and life, oblivious to any wrongdoing.

A darkly comic story that results in a bloody climax.

From the way the story is told do you think there’s something not quite right about Annie?   Has she learned anything from her experiences?

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  • Alex May 30, 2014, 9:24 pm

    All is not what it seems… I think is a good place to start. The narration calmly related soon turns into something else that moves towards a chilling sentiment. Although at some points you can it work out, Jenn Ashworth does a good job of building the story and her style of writing absorbs you.

  • Marly May 30, 2014, 8:37 pm

    So this is what it’s like (at least in the fiction world) to be obsessed with someone… an idea…what you see for yourself. Take away those “glasses” and what are you left with? Something you don’t or won’t face up to or even acknowledge. A book that makes you wonder how people with this type of nature make do.

  • Jo May 30, 2014, 6:47 pm

    It started out innocently enough but then an uncomfortable feeling started rising as the plot began to develop more and more. A suspicion, an idea…Very well told.

  • Emma May 29, 2014, 9:22 pm

    This couldn’t be classified as a mystery novel by any stretch of the imagination yet as you read on, a sense of mystery does envelope you. Little hints dropped here and there and you’re soon thinking, is this what it seems?

  • Steve May 29, 2014, 8:46 pm

    I wasn’t sure this book was for me when I initially read the summary but thought I would give it a go anyway. I was surprised! Camouflaged in supposed normalcy and every dayness lurks a sinister story that you can feel creeping up.

  • Kate May 28, 2014, 9:39 pm

    As I read on, I found myself getting uneasy. Something was niggling…Don’t want to spoil anything here but Annie is something of a character!