Kirstin Innes / Jun 01, 2020

Fishnet 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 mundane existence is b

  • Title: Fishnet
  • Author: Kirstin Innes
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  • Page: 227
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  • 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 mundane existence is blown apart by the revelation that, before she disappeared, Rona had been working as a prostitute Driven to discover the truth, Fiona embarks on an obsessive quest to investiTwenty 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 mundane existence is blown apart by the revelation that, before she disappeared, Rona had been working as a prostitute Driven to discover the truth, Fiona embarks on an obsessive quest to investigate the sex industry As she is drawn into a complex world, Fiona makes shocking discoveries that challenge everything she believed, and will ultimately change her life forever Bittersweet, sensual and rich, Fishnet takes a clear eyed, meticulously researched, controversial look at the sex industry and the lives of sex workers, questioning our perception of contemporary femininity.

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      • Kirstin Innes

        Kirstin Innes is an award winning journalist and arts worker who lives in the west of Scotland Fishnet, her debut novel, was published in April 2015 by Freight, and won The Guardian Not The Booker Prize Her short stories have been published in a number of anthologies and recorded for BBC Radio 4, and she s had short plays performed at Tron Theatre and The Arches in Glasgow Her journalism has been published in The Independent, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and The Herald, and she was assistant editor of The List magazine between 2006 2010 Kirstin won the Allen Wright Award for Excellence in Arts Journalism in 2007 and 2011 She s currently working on her second novel, Scabby Queen, and her first full length play, Take Your Partners.


    1. A women's desire to find out what happened to her missing sister and the sex industry are the cornerstones of what could be for some a story of revelations and home truths. For six years Fiona Leonard has wondered what has become of her sister Rona. Unhappy in her job and looking after a child, her life will be totally unhinged when she discovers that Rona worked as a prostitute before she went out of Fiona's life. Believing that her sister is at risk, Fiona embarks on an investigation into the [...]

    2. 4.5 stars. This book was sent to me for review by the publisher Freight Books, and I am very thankful for this!Fishnet is the debut novel of Scottish writer Kirstin Innes, and I for one was thoroughly impressed by it. I first heard about the book on the Bookish Blether podcast (which you should all check out because it is fantastic listening), and as I have been lacking in the Scottish contemporary fiction department, I was pleasantly surprised to have Freight Books offer to send me a copy for r [...]

    3. This is an excellent debut novel with one of the most engaging narratives I've read so far this year. Fiona is an easy to read voice, a familiar Scottish every-woman for our time who is instantly likeable, loath-able and loveable at the same time while all the more identifiable for her ‘flaws’.It would be too easy a subject matter for a lazy author to scratch the surface of then backfill with assumptions and stereotypes—that's not the case here. Without revealing any spoilers, the world of [...]

    4. This is a strong debut, ambitious and persuasive. I think the journalistic roots of the subject and approach slightly hamper the book as a novel, and I found the plot too contrived for that reason. But the middle section is excellent, getting into the complex issues around prostitution in ways that provoke real thought and further discussion.

    5. Novel set in SCOTLANDThis review first appeared on our blog, where we also chat to the author: tripfiction/novel-set-Kirstin Innes’ debut novel Fishnet explores the world of the sex worker in Scotland through the story of two sisters, Fiona and Rona. It won the Guardian Not the Booker Prize in 2015, so you might feel a little trepidation as you embark on it. And so you should. This is a challenging read.If, like me, you begin by holding the opinion that all prostitution is exploitative, even a [...]

    6. I'm grateful to the publisher for a review copy of this book.This book - Innes' debut novel - is thoughtful, sometimes angry, sometimes funny, always well written, and deserves a wide readership.Fiona Leonard, a young Glasgow officeworker, splits her life between work and caring for six year old Beth. Hovering over the family is the unspoken presence of Rona, Fiona's younger sister who disappeared several years before. Neither Fiona nor her parents have come to terms with this, but the time is n [...]

    7. I don't understand the hype around this book, it was very mediocre. And the amount of times the word "wee" got used, made me want to throw my Kindle against the wall.

    8. FISHNET blended the authenticity of journalism and the narrative cleverness of well-written fiction. I found it absorbing and convincing.I enjoyed the textual fun Innes has with different media - utilising adverts, blog entries, even client reviews - and uncharacteristically rather enjoyed the confused and uncertain narrative voices and time-sequence. It challenged me to think about whose voice we were hearing and where an event happened in the 'real-world' chronology of the narrative, which was [...]

    9. I'm having a really busy time tonight and off to London first thing so expect a fuller review over on my blog once things are a little quieter. So first of all, I really liked Fishnet because it's one of the few books to deal with the sex industry with some depth and attempt to see it from both sides and more importantly show it as healthy when it's a conscious choice.I had this weird feeling reading it, though, and I wasn't sure what it was. I think, after a little time to dwell on it, that a l [...]

    10. Fans of Kirstin Innes' journalism will not be surprised to learn that her debut novel demonstrates many of the things that always made her worth reading: depth, sensitivity, sensuality, characters that you genuinely want to get to know. The fact that she has done all this while producing a startling, relevant book, bursting with passion and political conscience - while being in no way self-righteous - is all the more reason to hope that we haven't seen the last of her fiction side

    11. "Why can't we save the worry about damage and trauma for those who actually have been damaged. If you blur the lines between my job, or some boring sex some bored girl had once with the old guy from the shop because there was nothing else to do in her town - if you keep on maintaining that these things inflict the same amount of psychic damage as actual acts of rape and abuse, you trivialise those acts. And you make criminals and victims out of people who are neither."This is an engrossing read. [...]

    12. Spoilers in this review!I really, really liked this.I thought it was fascinating to discover Fiona's obsession with her sister. It made me remember just how hard it is to get inside the head of someone who's lived their life totally differently to you. I'm deeply interested in folk who are different from me, and maddened by my attempts to understand them. Sometimes the differences are so fundamental that understanding isn't possible. I saw that in Fiona's attempts to learn about her sister's wor [...]

    13. What a nice way to start the new year! Before I describe in more detail what I like and what slightly disappointed me about this book, let me recommend Fishnet to everyone who is even just a teeny tiny bit interested in the topic of sex work/the sex industry. And everyone else, really.Two things made this story stand out to me. Firstly, the author seems to have done a tremendous amount of research and it pays off. As far as I can tell (as someone who isn't familiar with the sex industry at all), [...]

    14. Following a woman who's sister has disappeared 6 years earlier, Fishnet brings you into a world where all the things you think you know about sex work, and the views put out about them in the media, collide. It uses a hyperreal sense of the world around its main character to show that sex workers are, in the majority, women who want to use their bodies in any way they see fit and juxtaposes it with the life of the narrator - mother, office worker, and ignorant.Innes introduces the concept of the [...]

    15. Although I commend the author for tackling a challenging subject I found this a pretty disappointing read. The main problem was that it felt a bit on the preachy side which rendered many of the characters flat, as though merely instrumental to the manichean underlying message; that being, prostitution can be a feminist choice rather than just a consequence of unfortunate circumstance and victimhood. The problem is that in setting up this construct the author has to project certain 'narrow' attit [...]

    16. Fiona Leonard's sister disappeared 6 years ago leaving Fiona to look after her baby daughter. Partly through her dead end job with a property developer and partly as a result of a meeting with someone from her sister's past, Fiona's eyes are opened to the world of the sex industry. The central theme concerns Fiona's struggle to remove herself from the shadow of her sister and become her own person.Kirsten Innes interviewed several sex workers in the process of writing this book and this shines t [...]

    17. “Who touches the ugly people, the shy people? Who touches the ill people, the disabled, the ones who don’t win?”This is not a book I would normally pick up, but I am glad I did. It was very well written and the story was captivating. It is about a woman named Fiona who is searching for her missing sister Rona. During her search, she found out that Rona had worked as a prostitute before she disappeared. The book deals with a lot of issues in the Scottish sex industry. I know the sex industr [...]

    18. Excellent writing, interesting contrasts between the blog posts by prostitutes, and the public and private life of the main character, Fiona. I enjoyed the office descriptions - I am sure most people have experienced the gray boredom of temping - and liked the various twists and turns of the story that kept me hooked to the end. Innes has a masterful grasp of language, with moments of originality in her prose.I loved her use of Scottishisms in dialogue: the Glaswegian in the narrative. I liked h [...]

    19. Fishnet is a novel about a young Scottish woman who starts looking into her younger sister’s disappearance after she finds out that her sister had been working as a prostitute before she took off. That’s the hook and it is a pretty good one. I mostly enjoyed reading the book since it takes an unvarnished look at what the book terms as “sex work” and the story of the older sister who felt she was left behind and saddled with unwanted responsibility by her more daring sister was interestin [...]

    20. Fiona's sister younger sister Rona disappeared six years ago. Fiona is a single parent, in a dead-end job, still living with her parents until a coincidental chain of circumstances reveal some new information about Rona's disappearance. Fiona learns that Rona had been earning an income as a sex-worker in the months before her disappearance. Fiona starts digging for clues in Edinburgh's 'seedy underworld' but finds that the people she meets and the industry itself are nothing like she expected th [...]

    21. Fiona's sister Rona walks out of her life and six years later Fiona discovers she has been working as a prostitute. Fiona sets out to discover what exactly has happened to her sister during the intervening years.Not a read for the prudish-there's a lot of sex and swearing, but it's very well written and empathetic. Requires much concentration as the narrative jumps around in time and from person to person and also into websites and text messages. It's a very modern kind of writing. Kirsten Innes [...]

    22. Interesting and well written. It was original in the way it tackled its subject matter and also in the way it ended - though I'm not entirely sure I bought the ending. I did feel the book was trying very hard to 'educate' me and so it felt a bit preachy at times - the writer could've done with weaving her political agenda and themes a bit more subtly into the book. The fact that the book had a 'message' wasn't a problem in itself - I just felt the way it was done was a bit clunky e.g. the sex wo [...]

    23. I liked this book. It was on a good theme and was thought provoking. Sadly, however, it was a bit clunky in style. The whole thing was written in the present, which made certain passages very awkward. There were attempts at naturalistic speech with "ehm"s included (does anyone actually say ehm?). On the other hand, the blog/internet entries were a very useful device. The plot about the missing sister was an interesting thread. The ending was kind of expected. Overall a book worth reading but not [...]

    24. This was an interesting book which made me think about some of the issues surrounding prostitution in a way that I have not considered before. I found the central voice a little confusing - on the one hand the first person voice is articulate, self-reflective and writerly, but on the other, she makes some quite immature choices/judgements which are at odds with other decisions that she makes. I also thought the child character was not very well formed. It had some clever structural devices and t [...]

    25. Best book of my year so far :)Great, thought provoking read. Definitly challenged my understanding of prostitution in a good way. I found the it hard to follow in a few places but I caught on eventually.The disappeared sister who abandoned her responsibility was very believable as was the way her part of the story ended. I enjoyed the window onto the main character's life - the polite drudgery of her days was very believable.The ending seemed a touch forced to me but I still really like the book [...]

    26. A really refreshing, unencumbered, beautifully-written and surprisingly sexy take on an issue that could have gone badly wrong. I'm still thinking about the characters, and it certainly challenged me. Great use of language, too. Some of those descriptions just sneak up on you. The writer - who I'm expecting great things from, by the way - shines a light on a number of perspectives and areas of life (not just prostitution) I hadn't considered. I've actually bought a couple of copies since and giv [...]

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