Somewhere Else, or Even Here

Somewhere Else, or Even Here

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A girl meets with danger on the beach when she is lured away by a strange boy; a bereaved wife enlists the help of a mysterious woman to perform rituals that will bring her dead husband back to life; a boy's anger at his absent father leads him towards an act of destruction in the basement of his school.

These are just some of the characters and events which are given life in A. J. Ashworth's Scott Prize-winning collection Somewhere Else, or Even Here. The stories, described as 'dark' and 'delicious' by the writer Maggie Gee, explore themes of loss and loneliness, desire and hope - with characters left to navigate the shifting landscapes of their lives.

A. J. Ashworth captures, with honesty, the collisions that can happen between human beings, whether it's a couple facing up to life after the death of a child, or lovers broken apart by infidelities either real or imagined. She explores those moments of realisation, those turning points, which will continue to resonate throughout the lives of her characters - those people who, even in small ways, will be forever changed, forever cut loose from their earlier selves.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 11mm | 163.29g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • No
  • 1844718808
  • 9781844718801
  • 1,292,163

Table of contents

Sometimes Gulls Kill Other Gulls
The Future Husband
Coconut Shy
Paper Lanterns
Bone Fire
Zero Gravity
The Prophecy
Overnight Miracles
The Rings of Saturn
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Review quote

With beauty, poise and fearlessness, A. J. Ashworth creates worlds that are chillingly real, exploring the raw human need for attachment and the fear of closeness in a way that is both tender and haunting. She is a fierce new talent. -- John Oakley * Newbooks *
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About A.J. Ashworth

A. J. Ashworth was born and brought up in Lancashire and is a former journalist. She studied writing at Lancaster University and also Sheffield Hallam University, where she was awarded an MA in 2010. Her stories have been published in a number of literary magazines, in print and on the web, and also listed in competitions such as the Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition and the Fish Short Story Prize.
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Rating details

34 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 50% (17)
4 26% (9)
3 18% (6)
2 6% (2)
1 0% (0)

Our customer reviews

This collection of short stories won the Scott Prize, and it is clear from the first story just why. A.J. Ashworth takes us into the worlds her characters inhabit and we are immediately lost in the beautiful prose and the startling imagery she employs. From the first line of the opening story, 'Sometimes Gulls Kill Other Gulls, there is something unsettling that we are being granted a glimpse of, yet we know were are in in safe hands of an accomplished writer. Hard to think that this is her debut. There is the heartbreaking loss of a child in Paper Lanterns, an ageing woman interviewed by a local reporter about her forthcoming golden wedding anniversary against her struggles with her husband's fading memory, the lengths a a woman goes to following the loss of her husband. All written with a fluency and a freshness of prose that makes you sit up and savour these wonderful stories. I can't wait to read her next more
by James Wall
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