Cold Light

Cold Light

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I'm sitting on my couch, watching the local news. There's Chloe's parents, the mayor, the hangers on, all grouped round the pond for the ceremony. It's ten years since Chloe and Carl drowned, and they've finally chosen a memorial - a stupid summerhouse. The mayor has a spade decked out in pink and white ribbon, and he's started to dig.
You can tell from their faces that something has gone wrong. But I'm the one who knows straightaway that the mayor has found a body. And I know who it is.
This is the tale of three fourteen-year-old girls and a volatile combination of lies, jealousy and perversion that ends in tragedy. Except the tragedy is even darker and more tangled than their tight-knit community has been persuaded to believe.
Blackly funny and with a surreal edge to its portrait of a northern English town, Jenn Ashworth's gripping novel captures the intensity of girls' friendships and the dangers they face in a predatory adult world they think they can handle. And it shows just how far that world is willing to let sentiment get in the way of the truth.

(P)2011 Hodder & Stoughton
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Product details

  • Sceptre
  • United Kingdom
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • None
  • 1444707787
  • 9781444707786

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Praise for A Kind of Intimacy * . * An intense and intriguing novel...It understands about the fuzzy boundary between the normal and the strange, and weaves them together in a gripping, ever-darkening narrative * Jenny Diski * Compulsively readable...who wouldn't kill for a comic gift like Jenn Ashworth's? * Guardian * A compelling novel about the inability to know others and ourselves * Independent * Evokes a damaged mind with the empathy and confidence of Ruth Rendell * The Times *
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About Jenn Ashworth

Jenn Ashworth was born in 1982 in Preston. She studied English at Cambridge and since then has gained an MA from Manchester University, trained as a librarian and run a prison library in Lancashire. She now lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Lancaster. Her first novel, A Kind of Intimacy, was published in 2009 and won a Betty Trask Award. In 2011 her second, Cold Light, was published by Sceptre and she was chosen by BBC's The Culture Show as one of the twelve Best New British Novelists. Her most recent novels, The Friday Gospels and Fell, were published to resounding critical acclaim. She has also written a memoir, Notes Made While Falling. She lives in Lancaster with her husband, son and daughter.
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