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A Kind of Intimacy

(2009)
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Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
Annie moves into her new home bringing little else but her cat and a collection of cow-shaped milk jugs. She's hoping for a clean slate, but there's something familiar about her next door neighbour - she's convinced she's seen him somewhere before. Annie is morbidly obese, lonely and hopeful. She narrates her own increasingly bizarre attempts to ingratiate herself with her new neighbours, learn from past mistakes and achieve a 'certain kind of intimacy' with the boy next door. Undeterred by her target's hostile girlfriend, she searches for guidance by obsessively studying self-help literature and romance novels. Though Annie struggles to repress a murky history of violence, secrets and sexual mishaps her past is never too far behind her, finally shattering her denial in a compelling and bloody climax. A quirky, character driven and darkly comic debut in the tone of "Notes on A Scandal", "A Kind of Intimacy" is an offbeat and ironic study of misunderstandings. It traces the dark possibilities of best intentions going awry and gives an unsettling glimpse into a clumsy young woman who has too much in common with the rest of us to be written off as a monster.

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"A gripping, ever-darkening narrative." - Jenny Diski


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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Kind of Intimacy
Author(s): Jenn Ashworth
ISBN: 1-4447-6297-4 / 978-1-4447-6297-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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May 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Kind of Intimacy
Author(s): Jenn Ashworth
ISBN: 1-933372-86-9 / 978-1-933372-86-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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March 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Kind of Intimacy
Author(s): Jenn Ashworth
ISBN: 1-906413-39-8 / 978-1-906413-39-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arcadia Books
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Kind of Intimacy, A
Author(s): Jenn Ashworth
ISBN: 1-906413-06-1 / 978-1-906413-06-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: BLISS
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Audio Editions

October 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Kind of Intimacy
Author(s): Jenn Ashworth
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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October 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Kind of Intimacy
Author(s): Jenn Ashworth
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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October 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Kind of Intimacy
Author(s): Jenn Ashworth
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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September 2011 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Kind of Intimacy
Author(s): Jenn Ashworth
ISBN: 1-4074-8844-9 / 978-1-4074-8844-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Kind of Intimacy
Author(s): Jenn Ashworth
Publisher: Sceptre
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