Reviews

‘Headily atmospheric and luminously written… threaded with original, arresting images. Not many writers could bind the supernatural and the literary with such lightness of touch.’
Francesca Angelina, Sunday Times

‘A disturbing, precisely rendered tale of charisma, misplaced faith and transgenerational trauma… the writing is so sharp and vivid… a throughly involving and suggestive novel. … It brings to mind the claustrophobic, suburban world of Dennis Potter’s great play Brimstone and Treacle, in which a devastated and vulnerable household is breached by a mysterious, sexually charged stranger.’
Alex Clark, Spectator

‘This marvellous novel is both haunted and haunting, as Ashworth expertly blurs the boundaries between the past and the present, the homely and the uncanny, the quick and the dead. Touching on profound questions of myth, mortality and redemption, it is both sinister and beautiful – and ultimately tender.’
Sarah Perry – author of The Essex Serpent

‘A beautifully written book with cleverly blurs fantasy and realism.’
David Mitchell, Daily Mail

‘Lyrical and unsettling, Fell is a haunting evocation of regret, redress and the kindness of strangers.’
Carys Bray, author of A Song for Issy Bradley.

‘Ashworth’s gift for capturing the quirky ordinariness of life is as sharp here as it is in her previous novels… Fell’s unsettling power lies in this oscillation between departures and reconciliations the ordinary and the uncanny, creation and corruption. Yet even in a world that shifts like the sands of the bay, hope, love and compassion have the capacity to endure… [it] adds another powerful story to the mythology of our strange hinterlands.’
Andrew Michael Hurley, The Guardian

‘An atmospheric, empathic novel… Drawing on the myth of Baucis and Philemon, Ashworth also highlights the importance of hospitality, the simple acts of kindness that, to those in need, can themselves seem miraculous.’
Stephanie Cross, The Lady

‘A story that glorifies human decency. Where in her past novels we might have seen our own foibles amplified to sinister extremes, in Fell we follow characters – human beings – working, striving, loving, yearning, not always doing right by each other but always compelled to try. Flawed, yes, but ultimately redeemed. The whole thing knocks me a little senseless, so that for a brief moment everything around me takes on a soft, rosy glow.’
Brett Marie, Bookanista

‘Ashworth mixes the dead, the living and some atmospheric cliff hanging to ensure our full attention… utterly compelling… The novels lilts and rolls lyrically to a heart-warming conclusion, acting as a consolation to those of us who don’t want it to end.’
Ani Johnson, Bookbag
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