Annie is morbidly obese, lonely and hopeful. She narrates her own increasingly bizarre attempts to ingratiate herself with her new neighbours, learn from past mistakes and achieve a 'certain kind of intimacy' with the boy next door. Though Annie struggles to repress a murky history of violence, secrets and sexual mishaps, her past is never too far behind her, finally shattering her denial in a compelling and bloody climax. A quirky and darkly comic debut - giving readers a glimpse of a clumsy young woman who has too much in common with the rest of us to be written off as a monster.
Jenn Ashworth was born in 1982 in Preston. She studied English at Cambridge and Creative Writing at Manchester. She is now Head Librarian in a prison. Her first novel went missing with a stolen computer, but an extract from it won the Cambridge University Quiller-Couch Prize for Creative Writing in 2003. In 2006 an extract from A Kind of Intimacy, her second novel, won second prize in a national competition: The Enigma of Personality. She is also the recipient of the Manchester Literary Festival Best Writing on a Blog 2008.