Reviews

Advance praise for The Friday Gospels:

‘A set of brilliantly realized voices in a narrative of great energy and skill. The tone is both satirical and tender, the lives of the characters carried by writing that is wonderfully alert, unflinching and admirable. A serious novel seriously engaged with big themes. It is also very funny. ‘ (Andrew Miller, author of PURE )

‘The Friday Gospels is possibly the first work of fiction to deal with the Mormon faith in the context of Modern Britain, but to focus on this aspect would be a violation of its specialness. It is rare to find a novel that is so complex, so damn clever and yet at once readable; Ashworth effectively pares back the garments of faith and class to reveal the bare and often brittle bones of humanity. At times, I couldn’t bear to read on – I feared for the members of the Leeke household – and yet the moment I finished, I was already turning back, wanting to reacquaint myself with them all over again. In Ashworth, book lovers have a future to look forward to – a truly exceptional novel.’ (Helen Walsh, author of BRASS and GO TO SLEEP )

Review coverage:

‘A sympathetic, forgiving and absorbing portrait of family life. It is Ashworth’s most confident work yet and one which strengthens her reputation as an author worth watching.’
Beth Jones, The Telegraph on Sunday

‘Ashworth appears less interested in spreading a simple, comforting message than in uncovering the messy complexities of people, families and faith.’
Jessica Holland, The Observer

‘Utterly, compulsively readable, The Friday Gospels could be this award-winning young author’s best novel yet.’
Alison Flood – The Sunday Times

‘A serious, distinctive and eminently readable story of faith and family; about the demands of the world and the desires of the individual.’
James Kidd – The Independent on Sunday

‘Ashworth’s language is never less than inventive and exuberant, and her observations are minute.’
Stevie Davies, The Guardian

‘This is a rare opportunity to gain an insight into a usually closed community. Written with both affection and dark humour, this is a clever and memorable novel.
Amber Pearson – The Daily Mail

‘Jenn Ashworth’s third novel is an unusual and thought-provoking take on the themes of faith, religion and family. The plot and well-developed characters are skilfully woven together into a compelling multi-layered narrative whilst Ashworth’s sensitive handling of the setting and religious elements lend an authentic edge to the Leekes’ world.’
Harriet Thomas – We Love This Book

‘This superb novel follows one day in the life of a family of Lancashire Mormons… It’s a beautifully well-observed account of what it’s like growing up in a religious family, and what it’s like trying to hold one together’
Reform Magazine

‘At heart, The Friday Gospels is a funny, sad and ultimately compassionate reflection on what a family can do to each of its members.’
Steve Tompkins – Third Way Magazine

‘Ashworth is an accomplished and dexterous storyteller.’
The Metro

‘Ashworth’s peek into an often misunderstood culture is humane, heartfelt and sharply funny.’
Katie Allen – The Simple Things

‘With its parade of different narrators and perspectives, there’s an addictive, claustraphobic, intimate feel to this novel that reminded me of Cristos Tsiolkas’ The Slap. Engagingly funny and sad.’
Viv Groskop – Red Magazine