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Somewhere Else, or Even Here by A. J. Ashworth

Somewhere Else, or Even Here

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Winner of the 2011 Scott Prize. Short story writers have the enviable job of having to create characters and situations in just a few pages and A. J. Ashworth performs this amazing feat, seemingly, effortlessly making her short stories a real joy to read. This is a sublime, award-winning collection of short stories that would make an exciting and alternative selection for a reading group.


Somewhere Else, or Even Here by A. J. Ashworth

A girl meets with danger on the beach when she is lured away by a strange boy; a bereaved wife enlists the help of a mysterious woman to perform rituals that will bring her dead husband back to life; a boy's anger at his absent father leads him towards an act of destruction in the basement of his school. These are just some of the characters and events which are given life in A. J. Ashworth's Scott Prize-winning collection Somewhere Else, or Even Here. The stories, described as 'dark' and 'delicious' by the writer Maggie Gee, explore themes of loss and loneliness, desire and hope - with characters left to navigate the shifting landscapes of their lives. A. J. Ashworth explores those moments of realisation, those turning points, which will continue to resonate throughout the lives of her characters - those people who, even in small ways, will be forever changed, forever cut loose from their earlier selves.


Praise for A. J. Ashworth

“A.J. Ashworth is a writer who creates worlds in a few sentences, and universes in a few pages. She explores our underlying loneliness in all its myriad guises with a steady eye and with great tenderness, whilst investing the everyday with a freshness that comes from a real gift for observation and a delight for language. The stories here really are shooting stars – ‘brilliant sparkling scratches’ against the night. A very gifted writer. One to watch without a doubt.” — Vanessa Gebbie

“Dark, witty, delicious stories with flashes of terror and tenderness.” — Maggie Gee

“With beauty, poise and fearlessness, A. J. Ashworth creates worlds that are chillingly real, exploring the raw human need for attachment and the fear of closeness in a way that
is both tender and haunting. She is a fierce new talent.” — Simon Van Booy

“These stories are impeccably crafted and easy to read, and a useful collection for dissection by the reading group.” — John Oakley Newbooks

About the Author

A. J. Ashworth

A. J. Ashworth was born and brought up in Lancashire and is a former journalist. She studied writing at Lancaster University and also Sheffield Hallam University, where she was awarded an MA in 2010. Her stories have been published in a number of literary magazines, in print and on the web, and also listed in competitions such as the Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition and the Fish Short Story Prize. Her collection, Somewhere Else, or Even Here, won the International Scott Prize for Short Stories in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Edge Hill short story prize in 2012.

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15th November 2011


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