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The Friday Gospels - Jenn Ashworth

The Friday Gospels - Jenn Ashworth
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Signed, lined and dated first edition, first printing

Title:  The Friday Gospels

Author:  Jenn Ashworth

ISBN:  9781444707724

Pages:  324
Published:  17 January 2013
Pub / Imp:  Hodder & Stoughton / Sceptre
Format:  hardcover with dust jacket
Condition:  fine / fine (see our Condition Grades article)
Special Features:  Lined (see below), dated (Litfest October 2014), comes with a signed (by Jenn) Lancaster Litfest event programme.
Notes:  Ashworth’s Flat 19 is shortlisted for this year’s prestigious BBC National Short Story Award.

Weight:  818 g

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The Friday Gospels by Jenn Ashworth

The tale of an English Mormon family and the day the cracks in their lives yawn into chasms, as savagely funny as it is tragic.


It’s Friday in the Leeke household, but this is no ordinary Friday: the Leekes are Lancastrian Mormons and tonight they will be welcoming back their son Gary from his two-year mission in Utah.  His mother, Pauline, wants his homecoming to be perfect.  Unfortunately, no one else seems to be following the script.

In turn, the members of the family let us into their private thoughts and plans.  There’s teenage Jeannie, wrestling with a disastrous secret; her peculiar elder brother, Julian, who’s plotting an exit according to his own warped logic; their father, Martin, dreaming of escape; and ‘golden boy’ Gary, who dreads his return.  Then there’s Pauline, who needs a doctor’s help but won’t ask for it.

As the day progresses, a meltdown looms.  Except that nothing goes according to anyone’s plan, and the outcome is as unexpected as it is shocking.  Laced with black humour and giving an unusual insight into the Mormon way of life, this is a superbly orchestrated and arresting tale of human folly and foibles and what counts in times of crisis.

Betty Trask Award winner Jenn Ashworth is one of our favourite writers and here’s just two reasons why…
Her story, Flat 19, is shortlisted for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award; she is a founder member of the Curious Tales collective, which publishes ghost stories.


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