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Ash [Kindle Edition]

Di King
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Ash, a fifty-six year old psychotherapist, is struggling to hold his life together while supporting the patients in his group each with their own diverse problems, some of which resonate with his own. His colleagues are the feisty and outspoken Ali and the motherly Renee. The arrival of Brenda, a new group member, further disturbs him. Then there’s Jessica, who inhabits an ethereal world and seems to have an angelic connection to Brenda.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 268 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079QQ214
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #443,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and engaging 29 Nov 2011
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ASH is a troubled soul, but the novel succeeds in making him an engaging character in a throughly believable world. This is an unusual book in its structure and subject matter, but it is witty, wry and insightful - and thoroughly enjoyable. I'd recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful page-turner 7 Dec 2011
By Clare
ASH is an absolute page-turner. It is surprising that a novel which is essentially about a psychotherapist and his patients should be such a gripping tale - but it is. This novel feels very real, I believed totally in the world of the story: the situation, the portrayal of the emotional states of the characters, and the settings and relationships that they found themselves in. There is a great empathy here for those who are struggling mentally. Anyone who wants to have an insight into the workings of a psychotherapist should read this book - indeed, anyone who wants an insight into the workings of the human mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ash 7 Nov 2011
By Oscar
This is a deceptively easy to read novel holding an underlying mysteriousness throughout which left me wondering at times where I was going with my understanding of it. The complexity of the human mind is very well portrayed not only in the characters within the group but also in the therapists and their colleagues. Certainly a page turner. Usually a slow reader I finished this one within hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ash 5 Nov 2011
One of the best books I have read in ages. This book has everything; it's a real page turner, has characters that have depth and flaws, there is drama, suspense and the author gives a real insight into the world of therapy. I cannot wait for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pure genius 2 Dec 2011
it is truly difficult to capture the spirit of therapy in writing, with all its inconsistencies, but Di King has written a beautiful, touching masterpiece which looks at the shades of grey. Ash - the therapist is flawed, but no less potent in his flaws. the spirit of group therapy and the pitfalls are subtly and insightfully managed. A lovely book which stayed with me long after i turned the final page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ash 8 Nov 2011
By Debbie
This book is unique, a delicate, subtle walk through the minds of Ash and his therapy group. It flows with a beautiful honesty and attention to detail that draws you in and leaves a real imprint, observing the differences and similarities of the human condition. The characters come alive and the spiritual element brings an intriguing quality and suspense.
The complexity of the group is balanced throughout with some shorter chapters keeping everyone in the picture.
The human dilemmas Ash faces in his own life and family whilst holding his troubled group and his relationships with colleagues is gently observed on his journey to hold it all together.
It is an insightful and thought provoking book and a compelling read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's observations on life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ash by Di King 25 Oct 2011
By jinty
This is one of the most unusual books I have read in a long time. Centred on a therapy group, it relates how as the members of the group gain strength, the therapist, Ash, starts to unravel. One group member becomes fixated on him while, at the same time, he struggles to maintain a professional relationship with one of his colleagues. Then there is a supernatural element as one character appears to be guided by a spirit/guardian angel. It is a real page turner as the reader gets caught up in the, sometimes conflicting, worlds of the various characters. It makes the reader question what is 'normal' behaviour and to what extent we are all flawed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and absorbing 13 Dec 2013
By Rozzi
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I was concerned that it might be too heavy given the subject matter but it was not. The author clearly knows her subject thoroughly and I learnt a lot about therapy while at the same time being entertained. The lead character is well drawn, interesting and real. A recommended read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ASH by Di King
This well-written book holds up a mirror to our own human behaviour - with all its frailties and strengths - to reveal a rich seam of community life, one full of hope and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Judith
5.0 out of 5 stars More please
A good read. A thought provoking book. I just wish it were longer. I look forward to book two to expand on the story.
Published 14 months ago by kate warwick
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating window into a usually private world
A well written and convincing portrayal of the personal and professional life of a therapist working in an NHS mental health setting or similar. Read more
Published 17 months ago by JB
4.0 out of 5 stars confusing
I enjoyed reading this book but I had to keep flicking back through the pages because it was slightly confusing in places.
Published 18 months ago by leah
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious and complex
This is an ambitious book in at least two ways. Firstly, the sheer volume of characters, which sometimes threatens to overwhelm (the cast list at the front is handy). Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2012 by blackeyedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Ash
There are a lot of characters in this book and the first time I read it I enjoyed it but struggled a bit to remember who was who. Read more
Published on 4 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ash
A very insightful book which illuminates the kind of situations which psychiatrists must frequently meet and the hurdles over which patients must force themselves. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Rachel
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