June 2014 Book of the Month.
Flatmates Laura and Tyler (female) ‘get-off-their-faces’ in and around Manchester. Brilliantly written, incredibly funny with some amazing snippets of erudition it is narrated by Laura, engaged to teetotaller Jim and hard at work preparing for their wedding. That is the background. The foreground is all about Tyler taking Laura off partying. They meet all sorts of people in chance drink and drug-fuelled encounters, with the really funny bit of the novel being her description of regaining consciousness and remembering the night before! It is just wonderfully done. You’ve got to read it.
You know how it is. Saturday afternoon. You wake up and you can't move.
I blinked and the floaters on my eyeballs shifted to reveal Tyler in her ratty old kimono over in the doorway. 'Way I see it,' she said, glass in one hand, lit cigarette in the other, 'girls are tied to beds for two reasons: sex and exorcisms. So, which was it with you?'
Laura and Tyler are best friends who live together, angrily philosophising and leading each other astray in the pubs and flats of Manchester. But things are set to change. Laura is engaged to teetotal Jim, the wedding is just months away, and Tyler becomes hell-bent on sabotaging her friend's plans for a different life.
Closing date: 07/09/2018
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
I wish I had written this book ... Withnail with girls -- CAITLIN MORAN
Casually high on insight, mercifully low on decorum, Animals is vital, funny, poignant and true. If you're looking for talent, style and the deep wisdom of misbehaviour, read it -- GLEN DUNCAN
Brutally funny and heartfelt. I loved it -- LAUREN BEUKES
A gloriously over-the-top account of female friendship - GUARDIAN
Publication date: 01/05/2014
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
|Publication date:||1st May 2014|
|Author:||Emma Jane Unsworth|
|Publisher:||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
Emma Jane Unsworth is a journalist and won the Betty Trask Award for her novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything, (Hidden Gem, 2011) and was shortlisted for the 2012 Portico Prize. Her short story 'I Arrive First' was included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt). She lives in Manchester. Author photo © Darren HallMore About Emma Jane Unsworth