on 22 March 2001
The Winter Inside divides into two parts; the first concentrates on the relationship between Nick and Wendy, the second deals with the pursuit of the couple, and Wendy's mother, by her possesive husband. The transition between the sections is handled almost cinematically; from the close-focus , almost painful, sometimes mundane detail of their difficult relationship, we pull away to the broader sweep of the chase.
What makes this book extraordinary, even breathtaking, is the quality of Kenworthy's prose. Precise, understated and unflinching, the story and characters are made real through the quiet accumulation of simple words and sentences, and Kenworthy displays courage and faith in allowing uncluttered images to speak for themselves.
And it's page turner. I read it over two evening and I rushed towards the last page. I was moved close to tears at the end.
I think The Winter Inside is a stunning, courageous piece of story telling.
on 24 March 2001
I found this book honest and frank - no sentimentality, no false judgement and no apologies. Without pulling any punches it tells how men approach relationships. It is not an easy topic for men. One rarely openly canvassed, and never in my experience with such candour. There are no over romantic notions but rather a powerful portrayal of the difficult decisions people make on a day to day basis when trying to live together or apart and find neither really satisfying. Well worth a read for anyone interested in the stuff of what being human is all about.
on 26 July 2000
'The Winter Inside' is a remarkable and highly evocative novel. The characters, and, most notably, the landscapes they find themselves in, are beautifully, vividly and imaginatvely drawn... truly magical, and deeply moving, this book doesn't need reviewing, but reading and treasuring. Brilliant.