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Jenn Ashworth
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Jenn Ashworth

A haunting, mysterious tale imbued with the force of myth, by the award-winning author of A Kind of Intimacy. When Annette Clifford returns to her childhood home on the edge of Morecambe Bay, she despairs: the long-empty house is crumbling, undermined by two voracious sycamores. What she doesn't realise is that she's not alone: her arrival has woken the spirits of her parents, who anxiously watch over her, longing to make amends. Because as the past comes back to Jack and Netty, they begin to see the summer of 1963 clearly, when Netty was desperately ill and a stranger moved in. Charismatic, mercurial Timothy Richardson, with his seemingly miraculous powers of healing, who drew all their attention away from Annette... Now, they must try to draw another stranger towards her, one who can rescue her.Blurring the boundaries between the corporeal and spirit worlds and subtly echoing the myth of Baucis and Philemon, this is an eerily beautiful, evocative and highly original novel, which underlines the eternal potency of hope.

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The Tell-Tale Heart

Jill Dawson
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Jill Dawson

Patrick, a fifty-year-old professor, drinker and womaniser, has been given six months to live. In a rural part of Cambridgeshire, a teenager dies in a motorcycle accident. When his heart is transplanted into Patrick's chest, the lives of two strangers are forever conjoined.Patrick makes a good recovery, but has the odd feeling that his old life 'won't have him'. Patrick becomes bewitched by the story of his heart, ever more curious about the boy who donated it, his ancestors, the countryside he grew up in. What exactly has Patrick been given?The Tell-Tale Heart is a mesmerising, atmospheric novel by one of our most critically acclaimed contemporary writers - a novelist whose beguiling and mysterious stories intrigue and delight while exploring important questions of who we are and the forces that shape us. This is Jill Dawson at the height of her powers.

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The Friday Gospels

Jenn Ashworth
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Jenn Ashworth

It's Friday in the Leeke household, but this is no ordinary Friday and the Leekes are a little unusual: they are Lancastrian Mormons, and this evening their son Gary will return from 2 years as a missionary in Salt Lake City.His mother is planning a celebratory dinner - with difficulty, since she's virtually housebound with an undiagnosed, embarrassing condition. What she doesn't realise is that the rest of the family - her meek husband, disturbed oldest son, and teenage daughter - have other plans for the evening, each involving drastic and irrevocable action.As the narrative baton passes from one Leeke to the next, disaster inexorably looms. Except that nothing goes according to plan, and the outcome is as unexpected as it is shocking. Giving a fascinating insight into the Mormon way of life, this blackly funny tale of innocence betrayed shows the havoc religion can wreak.

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A Kind of Intimacy

Jenn Ashworth
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Jenn Ashworth
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Worthless Men

Andrew Cowan
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Andrew Cowan

It's market day in an English city two years into the Great War. The farmers are coming in from the country, the cattle are being driven through the streets and that evening a trainload of wounded soldiers is due to arrive. At the local mansion, its new hospital tents to the ready, waits Montague Beckwith, himself a psychological casualty of the war. In the town's poorest quarter, Winnie Barley prays that Walter, her missing son, will be on the train (but that her violent husband is not). In the pharmacy, Gertie Dobson dreams of romance while her father keeps unsuitable men at bay. And everywhere is Walter, a ghostly presence who watches as the girl he loved from a distance is drawn into Montague's orbit. Weaving together multiple viewpoints, Andrew Cowan creates a panoramic, extraordinarily vivid portrait of a place as individual as it is archetypal. Here is a community where the war permeates high and low; where the factory now produces barbed wire, the women are doing the men's jobs, and the young men are no longer so eager to answer the King's call. And here is the tragic story of a casual betrayal, and a boy who proved that those at the bottom of the heap - the worthless ones - could be the most valiant of them all.

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Common Ground

Andrew Cowan
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Andrew Cowan
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Cold Light

Jenn Ashworth
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Jenn Ashworth
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Bettany's Book

Thomas Keneally
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Thomas Keneally
21 Apr
The Shakespeare Centre, Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW

Jenn Ashworth at Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival

4pm - 5pm
08 Mar
Geoffrey Room, Monmouth Priory, Monmouth

Jenn Ashworth at Monmouth Women's Festival

Jenn Ashworth will be tlaking about The Friday Gospels at the Monmouth Women's Festival

Jenn Ashworth on the inspiration behind COLD LIGHT

What Happened Next?

Jenn Ashworth explores the ideas and scenes that sparked COLD LIGHT.

History

Find out about the history of Sceptre, the literary imprint of Hodder & Stoughton.

27 Feb
Waterstones Preston

Jenn Ashworth at Waterstones Preston

Chapter One

COME SUNDAY, by Isla Morley

Read the first chapter of Isla Morley's COME SUNDAY.

Members of the Hodder team on David Mitchell's brilliant novel

The Week of a Thousand Autumns

Over the course of a week, various members of the Hodder team write about their experience with David Mitchell's THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET.

BBC Two Culture Show

Jenn chosen as one of 12 best new novelists

Jenn Ashworth was chosen as one of twelve best new British novelists on BBC Two's The Culture Show. Watch the episode here.

Extract

GRACE WILLIAMS SAYS IT LOUD, by Emma Henderson

Read an excerpt of Emma Henderson's GRACE WILLIAMS SAYS IT ALL, shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2011.

18 Jan
Blackwells University Bookshop, The Precinct Centre, Oxford Road, M13 9RN

The Friday Gospels Launch Event

Prologue + Chapter One

COLD LIGHT, by Jenn Ashworth

Read the prologue and first chapter of Jenn Ashworth's compelling COLD LIGHT.

25 Apr
Queen's Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS

Jenn Ashworth at the Hexham Book Festival

6:30pm

Jenn Ashworth will be talking about her new novel The Friday Gospels