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Jenn Ashworth

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Jenn Ashworth

Jenn Ashworth studied English at Cambridge University and Creative Writing at Manchester. She works as the Head Librarian in a prison. In 2006 an extract from A Kind of Intimacy was shortlisted in a national competition entitled “The Enigma of Personality”.

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Crazy, in love. In her debut novel, Ashworth takes on a formidable task: an insane yet sympathetic protagonist whose efforts at self-help spell disaster. Annie Fairhurst is a socially inept and obese...
from Elle interview with Nojan Aminosharei "I was around sixteen when a friend gave me Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye, and I've read it for inspiration once or twice a year ever since. The way...
Kirkus Reviews named Jenn Ashworth's A Kind of Intimacy as among the best debut fiction of 2010. Click here to read the original review, which praised the novel as a "tough-to-put-down portrait of...

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  • font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }@font-face { font-family: "Garamond"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } Annie Fairhurst: very overweight, addicted to self...
    — Sep 6 2010
  • Jenn Ashworth’s debut novel, A Kind of Intimacy, focuses on the life of a woman named Annie. Now, Annie is not exactly a well person. She doesn’t have much going for her either. Her father was abusive and she married early partly to leave home and partly because she doesn’t...
    — Aug 7 2010
  • Obese, shy, and friendless, Annie is new to the neighborhood, a 28-year-old mysteriously former wife and mother who relies on copious amounts of self-help literature to navigate what she sees as a frightening, disordered world. Like another horror heroine, Stephen King's Carrie,...
    — Jul 21 2010
  • Very quickly, it becomes clear to a reader that Annie, the fat and frumpy narrator of this novel, is mad. Annie’s story begins in the present, as she moves into a new house and begins a new life. Following the advice of self-help books like “Find Your Inner Goddess’’...
    — Jul 8 2010
  • Imagine, for a moment, that you live in a nice quiet little middle-class street policed by the local volunteer neighbourhood watch. All the gardens are tidy and well-kept. The neighbours know one other, and nothing much ever happens here. And then imagine that a madwoman moves...
    — Jun 18 2010
  • Crazy, in love. In her debut novel, Ashworth takes on a formidable task: an insane yet sympathetic protagonist whose efforts at self-help spell disaster. Annie Fairhurst is a socially inept and obese Briton who has murdered her husband and child—which is alluded to but not...
    — Apr 20 2010
  • INCLUDED ON A LIST OF THBEST DEBUT FICTION 2010 A self-absorbed young woman cannot outrun her troubled past when she tries for a new start in a British suburb. Her head filled with self help–book affirmations, newly-single (and morbidly obese) Annie Fairhurst believes,...
    — Apr 6 2010

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