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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (26 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907756469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907756467
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,029,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guy Mankowski was raised on the Isle of Wight. He was singer in Alba Nova, a band who were described by Gigwise as 'mythical and evocative'. He trained as a psychologist at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London and gained a Masters in Psychology. The first draft of his debut novel, The Intimates, was written when he was 21. It was chosen as a 'Must Read' title by New Writing North's Read Regional campaign. His second novel, Letters from Yelena, was researched in the world of Russian ballet. He was one of the first English people to be given access to The Vaganova Academy, perhaps the most prestigious ballet school in the world. The novel was adapted for the stage and used in GCSE training material by Osiris Educational. His third novel, How I Left The National Grid, is published in February 2015. Publicity- maria@jhpbooks.net. Twitter- @Gmankow.

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`The Intimates manages that all too rare feat of being a deeply psychological character study whilst at the same time playing out as a bonafide page-turner. Excellently paced, insightfully created, and with moments of genuine genius, The Intimates is an opulently written, high concept piece which explores the psychology of human relationships. Mankowski has a timeless style- highly polished and brilliantly evocative.' --A.J. Kirby, author and reviewer for The New York Journal of Books

'A clever conceit and a compelling narrative.' --Edward Stourton, BBC broadcaster, journalist and author.

`A huge accomplishment. With expert prose Mankowski draws the reader into a world where layers of secrets are slowly and skilfully stripped away. Lyrical and yet accessible, with character dynamics to die for.' --Gary Murning, author of `If I Never'

`An intricately wrought and enchanting first novel, The Intimates is a measured, literary piece of work as hauntingly evocative of its setting and characters as Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer prize winner Housekeeping.' --Abigail Tarttelin, actress and author of `Flick'

'From one of the most exciting young authors on the literary scene, this is a fascinating debut novel where love, ambition and jealousy collide. Described as 'the modern Great Gatsby', this is a glamorous read for the train journey to work.' --Rookie Magazine

'Mankowski's ability to construct and develop his characters is formidable and the execution of this skill adds to the compelling nature of the book. The reader is taken on a journey through a vast array of intensive and moving experiences. Fascinating and compelling, 'The Intimates' is a deep and challenging book.definitely worth a read.' -- The View From Here magazine

'An intoxicating story of a dinner party between old friends set in a glamorous, affluent world that seems to be decaying from within. Rich with thoughtful, self-analyzing dialogue, The Intimates is crying out for dramatization.' -- Culture Magazine

The Intimates has been selected as a key title for Read Regional 2011. --readregional.com

The Intimates has been selected as a key title for Read Regional 2011. --readregional.com

About the Author

Guy was raised on the Isle of Wight before being taught by monks at Ampleforth College, York. After graduating with a Masters from Newcastle University and a Psychology degree from Durham, Guy formed a Dickensian pop band called Alba Nova, releasing one EP. After that he started working as a psychologist at The Royal Hospital in London, writing during any free moment he could get. Guy now works at a psychotherapy clinic in Newcastle.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2011
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The Intimates details an extremely lavish lawn-party & it's guests; it's a party thrown in honour of one of the group, Francoise, who has released her first novel aptly called "The Intimates" which is based on her cohorts, her group of friends from childhood that has often been referred to as the eponymous "Intimates". She has invited everyone of their close-knit group to celebrate the release and to read an excerpt of her book to them - at least that's how it seems at the start of the party. But when the reunion forces each character to face their own shortcomings, flaws in their personality or their own ugly past, tempers rise & secrets let slip - will the group of Intimates ever be the same after this evening?

Mankowski writes with incredible eloquence, his descriptions of the black-tie do brings to mind scenes of the greatest of bourgeois soirees; champagne-fountains, butlers, tuxedos & ball-gowns, ice-sculptures, charades, music and of course, the huge stately manor & grounds that the entire thing plays out in. What follows is the building up of eight separate characters and the introduction to all of their foibles and their interaction & histories with each other.

The characters are interesting and widely varied (A novelist, painter, musician, dancer, actress, playwright, drag-queen and the narrator) and it is their interplay that drives this story. The action could easily be taken from a Chekov play as the conversations generally take place with all the characters in the same room whilst characters whisper aside to each other. Mankowski has managed to keep this dynamic fresh and exciting as we see infidelities, envy, failure, hopes & tragedy flow mellifluously from every conversation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on 28 April 2011
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I read somewhere - perhaps on this very forum - that The Intimates is reminiscent of Waugh's `Vile Bodies'. I'm not sure that I agree.
They are similar in that they both concern the machinations of a group of people that can loosely be termed `Bright Young Things', but there the comparison ends.

Waugh's work is a brilliantly disjointed parody of British society in the 1920's. The novel's poignancy rests in its backdrop of insouciance amid the tribulations of two world wars.

Meanwhile, Mankowski's work is set in a timeless fairyland: The Fountains. We never learn where The Fountains is situated or even when it existed. Perhaps it's an elaborately extended bungalow in Essex. It really doesn't matter. What matters is that extraneous events are of little importance in this narrative. Mankowski explores, in detail, the private neuroses of each of the so-called `intimates'. They are all paradigms of wasted potential, waning idealism, and sapped morality. Their fate is mirrored beautifully in the disintegration of their surroundings; what begins elegantly, culminates in chipped glasses, thawing ice-sculptures, and a barren swimming pool.

Does the communal sense of bitterness make the characters dislikeable? Not in the slightest. In their fallibility they become human and identifiable. The only characters that are truly contemptuous are Vincent's father and his insufferable crony, Anthony. If we dislike any of the intimates it may be because we recognise their traits in ourselves.

The Intimates is a thought-provoking, nostalgic and, at times, a challenging debut novel.

As a note in addendum, I would like to remark that The Intimates reminded me of a 19th Century gothic novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2011
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The Intimates are a group of friends, all of whom have known each other for years and most since childhood. When we meet Vincent, he is asleep in an empty swimming pool and he then recounts the evening when the group got together for a party. All the Intimates had great promise, but have either peaked in their chosen career or failed in their ambitions. Vincent longs to be a writer, but is held back by his father - a successful playwright, who constantly insults and belittles him. During the evening, secrets are revealed, long held grudges are aired, jealousy and resentment explode.

This novel was originally a novella, which the author has expanded and, in fairness, he could have expanded it still further. I would have liked to see flashbacks, perhaps, giving more depth to the characters. However, the whole story revolves around the party and there are ice sculptures of all the Intimates, which gradually melt during the evening and whose existance mirrors the time passing. The story is very decadent in feel and would work well as a between the wars house party, if the problems encountered by the characters were a little less modern.

Despite feeling that the novel could have been even better, I have to say that I was totally gripped by it. I read it in one sitting and I found that I really cared about the characters, especially Vincent. Although I could say that it was unrealistic in parts, slightly self conscious in others and that the author could have made it longer, the fact is that it worked for me. Wanting a book to be longer is always a good sign! I loved it and would certainly want to read anything else by this author. He shows great promise and I enojoyed this very much.
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