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Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth


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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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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 >


Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth

'There's no ceremony for friendship, is there? If you go ahead with this wedding then you realise that what you're actually saying is that your friendship with me is not meaningful and durable. That, 'she sipped her wine victoriously', 'is the logical conclusion.' 'Believe me, if I could marry you too, Tyler, I would.' Laura and Tyler are best friends and drinking buddies. But things are set to change. Can their friendship survive? Or will growing up mean growing apart?


'I wish I had written this book ... Withnail with girls' -- CAITLIN MORAN

'Savagely funny, clever and wise. If it's not an instant cult classic I'm leaving the cult' -- NATHAN FILER

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.

Author photo © Darren Hall

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Publication date

4th June 2015


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Canongate Books Ltd


256 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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