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In at the Deep End

Narrated by: Lucy Briggs-Owen
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Summary

Until recently, Julia hadn’t had sex in three years.

But now:

  • a one-night stand is accusing her of breaking his penis;
  • a sexually confident lesbian is making eyes at her over confrontational modern art;
  • and she’s wondering whether trimming her pubes makes her a bad feminist.

Julia’s about to learn that she’s been looking for love - and satisfaction - in all the wrong places....

Frank, filthy and very, very funny, In at the Deep End is a brilliant debut from a major new talent.

#ImInAtTheDeepEnd

©2019 Kate Davies (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Every woman should own a copy of this book." (Erin Kelly)

"Brilliant." (Stylist

"I love this book!" (Josie Long)

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Stellar New Talent, Outstanding Reading

Loved every minute of this.

Didn't have much of an idea what it was about beforehand. I only got it because it was read by Lucy Briggs-Owen, who I've heard in some Big Finish audio productions.

Good decision, as it turned out.
This is kind of like a Bridget Jones story, but played more real in terms of both fun and drama, as a young woman moves from being (or thinking of herself as) a not-terribly-bothered heterosexual to being a joyously enthusiastic lesbian. There are laugh out loud bits here, caring sub-plots with parents and a war vet penpal, familiar friends, scary artists, SM clubs and not-really-broken broken penises. There's intensity and love and passion and a really refreshing amount of lesbian fisting. Oh and swing dance, civil service tedium, polyamory for beginners and the healing powers of Magnums.

The ice creams, obviously. No one's healed by the hanguns.

Most of all, the book charts the progress of a central relationship in all its rightness, wrongness, double standards, gaslighting and...did I mention the fisting?

One of the joys of this book is that Kate Davies is new, and bright, and brilliant, and hopefully will be writing more books. I'm so in.

Having just finished this audiobook, I want to start again immediately at the beginning.

That's the power of the author, to be sure, but it's also the power of Briggs-Owen, who makes magic of her reading duties, bringing everyone to absolutely vivid life and giving them realistic angles and lives and voices. It's an utter masterpiece of reading.

Whatever else you're reading or listening to, it can wait. Grab yourself In At The Deep End, have a laugh, go 'Aww,' worry, cheer, go 'Aww' some more and prepare to fall in love like it's a whole new first time.

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Incredible!

couldn't stop listening! Absolutely fantastic from start to finish, funny, awkward and uplifting and sad and brilliant

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  • Hannah
  • Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom
  • 06-03-19

Will make you check you have your headphones plugged in about every 8 minutes

Best book that I’ve read or listened to in a long time - an incredibly real and compelling main character.

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the best audiobook I've listened to this year

fabulously written and performed. so funny and true and insightful. gives an educated view of modern relationships

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  • 22-05-19

surprising!

i really enjoyed this book. i got in to it without knowing anything about it. i was pleasantly surprised it was about queer love and relationships. i felt my blood boiling at parts but i won't spoil anything. narrator was excellent.

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Simply brilliant

This book is a must read, simply brilliant sad hilarious so relatable well some of it, but special shout out to the narrator Lucy briggs-owen talk about bring the book to life, simply brilliant

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Fantastic Narration!

Excellent story, fantastically narrated. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who isn't squeamish about sex!

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Great book...

I was a little worried when I purchased this audiobook because English is not my first language and I usually listen books with usa accent... But this book kept me captivated from the beginning. The story is so accurate and you can easily be identified with Julia. Even when from afar is easier to realize when some behaviors are so toxic. Being in love or thinking you're in love can cloud your mind so much... And you can tolerate so many things when sex is great and you are in need of love. And even that many times the facts in the book are very serious, the author can keep the tone light and uses a lot of sarcasm. I´ve loved this book. And it is narrated in a perfect way.
All I can say is that I'm going to buy de paper book for sure and I recommend this book to everyone.

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Surprisingly amazing

The synopsis doesn’t do it justice. Beautifully written by Kate Davies and is both hilarious and in lightening. The narration was fantastic and she was able to create clear characters that you could connect to. Target audience open minded women up for a laugh out loud read.

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Bloody brilliant!

The writing and performance of this story are excellent - we laughed aloud with recognition and gasped open jawed on many occasions throughout.