KATE CLEG’S LIFE lacks glamour. A local reporter, she lives (overweight and boyfriend-less) with her parents and gran up north in Slackmucklethwaite, a town whose only attraction is a pub, The Punch Bowl – affectionately known as ‘The Punch Up’. Attempts to introduce a touch of class into her family life are lost on her salt-ofthe- earth parents. ‘Custard with fagash in it’ is the verdict of her father on the ‘crhme anglaise containing real vanilla’ she brings home. Kate’s only escape is via the romantic/erotic novel Northern Gigolo she is writing late at night under her duvet.