Open Pen Novelettes #6
Not Far From The Junction
Will Ashon spent the day of Tuesday May 21st 2019 hitching around the motorways and ‘A' roads of England, chatting to whoever picked him up about their lives, dreams, aspirations, fears and favourite foods. The resulting transcripts, presented here edited and cross-cut through one another into a collage of voices, form a work in which generosity plays a far greater role than hate, reminding us of our nation’s better self. Sitting somewhere between Svetlana Alexievich and Rachel Cusk, NOT FAR FROM THE JUNCTION is a fresh, funny, moving and quietly radical work of non-fiction, exploring who we are and how we see the world.
“Make no mistake, Ashon’s work is as lyrical, as complex, as unapologetically intellectual as the best works of modern literature” - The Big Issue