by Emma Jane Unsworth

On Sale: 05/20/2014


by Emma Jane Unsworth

On Sale: 05/20/2014


About the Book

Laura and Tyler are two young women who have been tearing up the city streets for ten years, leaving a trail of angry drug dealers and spent men in their wake. Now Laura is engaged to be married and her teetotal classical pianist fiancé, Jim, is away overseas. Tyler wants to keep the party going, but Laura is torn between the constant temptations provided by her best friend and the promise of a calmer life with Jim on the horizon. As the wedding draws closer, the duo's limits are tested, along with their friendship.

Animals is hilarious, honest, raw and thoroughly moving. It is about deciding when it's time to grow up and recognizing what must be left behind if you do.

Critical Praise

“Savagely funny, clever and wise. If it’s not an instant cult classic I’m leaving the cult.” — Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall

“A gloriously over-the-top account of female friendship.” — The Guardian

“I wish I had written this book . . . Withnail with girls.” — Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How to Build a Girl

“Hilarious, moving and poetic.” — Glamour

Animals is a riot. A kind of drunker, swearier Girls. I loved it.” — Matt Haig, author of Reasons to Stay Alive

“Drink, drugs, men, more drink, more drugs. That’s the heartbeat of this wham-bam, helter-skelter account of female friendship, featuring two women in their early thirties whose voracious appetite for wine makes Dionysus look like a lightweight.” — Independent

“A hilarious, madcap meditation on grown ups who are not quite ready to grow up. Her writing is as brilliantly inventive as her characters’ transgressions.” — Helen Walsh, author of The Lemon Grove

“Brutally funny and heartfelt. I loved it.” — Lauren Beukes, author of Broken Monsters

“A devilish tale, spun in angelic prose.” — John Niven, author of Kill Your Friends

“Stunningly brilliant.” — Jenn Ashworth, author of A Kind of Intimacy

“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, author of The Last Werewolf

“A fresh, albeit slightly fevered, depiction of female friendships and modern femininity in which traditional romantic entanglements take second place.” — The Observer

“It’s not exactly subtle, but there is an irrepressible energy and verve to Animals, a veracity to Unsworth’s no-bulls**t prose and her main characters’ barfly pseudo-philosophising, that makes the whole thing crack along like a Friday night pub crawl. Laura and Tyler are such engaging characters that it’s hard to read Animals without cracking open a bottle of wine and joining the madness.” — Big Issue

Animals beautifully navigates the complexities of intimate relationships. Never cloying or mawkish, it communicates vulnerability, dependence and tenderness, often in a single dazzling line.” — The Guardian

“A speedy, exciting tale of female friendship.” — Bath Chronicle

“Gloriously debauched and wonderfully touching...a gripping, raucous read from one of Britain’s most promising young writers.” — The List

“This is a book that will make you laugh and make you think. It’s a story about friendship and growing up, and the fun that can be had and the s**t that you sometimes have to leave behind.” — BookCunt blog

“What also makes Animals so fresh - apart from Emma Jane Unsworth ‘s lovely turn of phrase and ability to resuscitate the worst hangover you’ve ever had - is just how filthy these girls are.” — Stylist (UK)

Animals looks like a New Order record, its narrative fuelled by cheap white wine, the non-logic of the always-intoxicated and the sensuously evocative language of a writer who’s been there....but it’s ultimately a sobering and tender read.” — Twin Magazine Blog

“Unsworth is a bright talent.” — New Statesman

“Told through wild nights and the chaos of life as a thirty-something, this ode to female friendship is number one on my summer reading wish list.” — Red Online



Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443433037
  • ISBN 10: 1443433039
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 05/20/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General

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