Jenn Ashworth was born in 1982 in Preston, Lancashire. She studied English at Newnham College, Cambridge and Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.
In 2009 her first novel, A Kind of Intimacy was published. It won a 2010 Betty Trask Award. On the publication of her second novel, Cold Light, in 2011, she was featured on the BBC’s Culture Show as one of the UK’s 12 best new novelists. Her novels have been translated into French, Italian and German and published in the US.
Her short stories have appeared in the MIR 9, The Manchester Review, Dogmatika, Beat the Dust, Jawbreakers and Bugged, among other places. She reviews fiction for The Guardian and wrote Every Day I Lie a Little, a prize-winning blog which no longer exists.
In 2013 her third novel, The Friday Gospels, was published by Sceptre. She lectures in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.