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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444762974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444762976
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.9 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An intense and intriguing novel that never quite lets the reader get comfortable. It understands about the fuzzy boundary between the normal and the strange, and weaves them together in a gripping, ever-darkening narrative (Jenny Diski)

who wouldn't kill for a comic gift like Jenn Ashworth's? (Guardian)

a hugely readable debut novel...about the inability to know others and ourselves (Independent)

evokes a damaged mind with the empathy and confidence of Ruth Rendell (The Times)

extremely intense and powerfully intriguing (Waterstone's)

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The prize-winning debut by Jenn Ashworth, which led her to be picked as one of the 12 Best New British Novelists by BBC TV's The Culture Show in 2011, a blackly funny and compelling tale of obsession, misplaced passion and one seriously mixed-up young woman - the kind of neighbour you would not wish on your worst enemy.

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Jenn Ashworth's debut had me hooked from the first page. In Annie, Ashworth has created one of the most interesting, mysterious, endearing but at the same time terrifying characters I have ever had the uncomfortable pleasure of encountering in a book.

There are times when I felt that I simply wanted to hug Annie and make it alright. Tell her that everything's o.k. and that she IS beautiful. I balk when I read that sentence back, too, but that is what Annie does to me... I had that feeling a lot reading this novel, and each time i had it it made me feel uncomfortable, sensing that Annie was more than she seemed, feeling inadequate and arrogant: my hug wouldn't be enough, and would i be able to give it, and would i be able to cope with the consequences.

Ashworth really keeps her cards close to her chest, maintaining mystery and surprise throughout, revealing pieces and dropping hints of the fullness of Annie's past, the horror of her present, past and future.

This book is a love story of sorts, a crime novel of sorts, but most of all it is a tender and compassionate portrait of a lonely young woman, emotionally battered and psychologically disturbed.
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This book starts with the main character Annie moving into her new house and she soon becomes obsessed with her neighbour.
I felt sorry for her at first but as her past is gradually revealed throughout the book I found her more and more disturbing.
A Kind Of Intimacy is difficult to put down and keeps the reader in suspense to the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jenn Ashworth's debut novel and if her other books turn out to be half as good as this one then we're in for a treat. Definitely an author to look out for in the future.
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From the very first page, I was completely engrossed in this psychological novel of obsession - and totally fascinated by its rather unhinged narrator Annie.

It's dark and suspenseful yet contains flashes of great humour, and it's very well-written. Despite the story sometimes stretching things a little too far, I only occasionally found aspects of the characters a bit unconvincing, and overall I was able to suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride.

It somehow manages to show Annie as monstrous, dangerous and obsessive, yet at the same time she gains our sympathy as she reveals details of her past and her many vulnerabilities. As the story develops and reaches its climax so do her feelings of being misunderstood, and her ability to justify her own hideous actions. It's a terrific story - and since it was author Jenn Ashworth's debut novel, I can't wait to see what she produces next!
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Jenn Ashworth succeeds in doing what most authors only dream about. She has written a literary novel that also has wide popular appeal. A Kind of Intimacy is a quality read. Ashworth's prose never misses a beat or strikes a false note and her plot leaves the reader breathless. Few writers are brave enough to go into a place as dark and dangerous as the mind of Annie, the first person narrator of A Kind of Intimacy. Annie is one of the most convincing portraits of psycho-pathology in recent fiction. She compares favourably to Frederick Clegg in Fowles's The Collector - and the calm logic of her self-justification is even more chilling. Final advice, brace yourself for the ending. The gripping conclusion of this Hitchcockian novel - tantalisingly drawn out over the final 60 pages - is one of the great white knuckle rides of recent literature.
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I had looked forward to reading this much-hyped debut novel. The 'plot' sounded promising - a young overweight woman fantasizing about relationships that in the 'real world' just did not exist. It was also billed as humorous , intense and intriguing. Clearly from the reviews most readers have found it just so, which leaves me in a disappointed minority.

The central character, Annie, is not supposed to be liked, and probably not empathized with, but I failed to connect with her at all except to feel slightly embarrassed to be trotting around behind her feeling what a stupid person she was. Indeed she was not the only character that I failed to engage with, her husband, childhood lover, and fantasy boyfriend lacked any credibility, even the cat was so loosely drawn that I had (and still have) no idea if the body that was buried was really Mr Tips.

The book nearly lost me as a reader in its first page (should have gone to Waterstones, then I would have read that and put the novel back on the shelf!). I can see no artistic, literary, or dramatic reason why the protagonist should remove all her clothes to kick a sofa. If you want to knock seven bells out of a sofa then it is considerably more effective, and less painful, to leave most of your clothes on. I suppose it provided an excuse for Annie to describe herself 'My thighs wobbled, dimpled with fat, and puckered with stretch marks, and I saw myself kick again hopping from one foot to the other, breasts bouncing, arms shaking, getting out of breath.' Is this the stuff of literary fiction these days?

This is the second novel promoted as a 'literary' book that I have found myself skipping over paragraphs in headlong pursuit of the final page (the other was The Finkler Question - so Jenn Ashworth is in fine company!). It was, sad to say, a tedious read and that which appears to pass for humour was such that I could only squirm at it.
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