Twenty-year-old Rona Leonard walks out of her sister Fiona’s flat and disappears.
Six years on, worn down by a tedious job, child care and the aching absence in her life, Fiona’s existence is blown apart by the revelation that, before she disappeared, Rona worked as a prostitute. Determined to uncover the truth, Fiona embarks on a quest to investigate the industry that claimed her sister. Drawn into a complex world, Fiona’s life tilts on its axis as she makes shocking discoveries that challenge everything she’s ever believed...
Bittersweet, sensual and rich, Fishnet is a beautifully told story of love and grief, interwoven with a meticulous, controversial account of the sex industry and its workers. An outstanding piece of fiction, it questions the ways in which we perceive women, their interactions with the world and with each other.
Published: 9th August 2018
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 352 pages
Kirstin Innes is an award-winning writer, journalist and arts worker living in the west of Scotland. She founded the Glasgow literary salon Words Per Minute, and has had short stories published in a number of anthologies and commissioned by BBC Radio 4.
'It's dark and provocative, and it holds its gaze steady on the sex industry. Here's a new writer with huge talents and promise.' - Sarah Hall in the Metro
'Bold, sensual and unflinching, Fishnet lays bare a world too often misjudged and misunderstood. Kirstin Innes writes with courage, warmth and real insight. This is a hugely enjoyable and important book.' - Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals
'Fishnet is a determined debut from an inimitable talent. Kirstin Innes takes the reader on an heartbreaking investigative journey into the contemporary realm of prostitution.' - Lisa O'Donnell, author of The Death of Bees and Closed Doors
'utterly compelling', 'a brilliant achievement' - Janice Forsyth, BBC Culture Studio
'Fishnet, a passionate and politically-charged book about family ties set against the backdrop of the Scottish sex industry, is easily the best thing I have read so far this year.' - Last Year's Girl Blog
'The prose is bold and direct, reflecting the unforgiving and honest nature of the book, but she also creates a warm, inviting atmosphere in which to lose yourself and your inhibitions. This debut novel is sure to capture the imagination and heart of anyone searching for a heartbreakingly truthful family drama.' - We Love This Book
'A passionately committed book... Innes draws convincing, three dimensional characters and has constructed a plot that hums along and draws the reader in. And the writing is excellent, coupled with razor sharp observations on work, life, women and men.' - Blue Book Balloon Blog
'Extraordinarily refreshing... a very erotic read... set to be a massive hit and deserves every ounce of that success.' - Huffington Post
'It's thoughtful, bruising, poignant and poetic.' - Ian Rankin