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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.

If you like Emma Jane Unsworth you might also like to read books by Maria Semple, Emily Gould and Kerry Hudson.

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  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Incredulous, laugh-out-loud, eye-opening, cringy, unsettling, heart-rendering and FAB. That's how I would describe my experience with Animals.' Read full review >
  • Berwyn Peet - 'This is a very clever and funny book but with deeper and darker aspects.' Read full review >
  • Cathy Small - 'This book is a very entertaining look into the lives of 2 young girls enjoying their freedom.'Read full review >
  • Sally Doel - 'What I really loved about this book, is that it's so well written and 'interesting' .  It keeps you hooked from the beginning...' Read full review >
  • Alison Bisping - 'Not normally the style of book I would choose however it was a good read which I found difficult to put down towards the end – I was hooked!'  Read full review >
  • Julie Atherton - 'To be honest this novel wasn't really my cup of tea...However to be fair to the author, it is very funny in parts, and intelligently written.' Read full review >
  • Glenda Worth - 'Animals is a very modern novel telling the tale of 2 friends and their differing ideas to marriage and men in general. With the added fuel of drink and drugs anything could happen!' Read full review >

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Synopsis

Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth

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.

Reviews

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

About the Author

Emma Jane Unsworth

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.

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Publication date

1st May 2014

Author

Emma Jane Unsworth

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

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Paperback

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ISBN

9781782112129

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