Posted on 19th August 2015

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Reviews: Animals


I wish I had written this book . . . Withnail with girls (CAITLIN MORAN)

One of COMPANY’s 50 Books You Need to Read Before You Die

Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth review – pills, thrills and bellyaches

 This is a book you’ll be talking about for years to come. It marks Unsworth as a tremendous talent

Kerry Hudson, The Guardian, 16/5/2015

Animals’, by Emma Jane Unsworth: A street-savvy story about a booze-fuelled friendship

Unsworth is a name to watch… Animals is more than a hymn to partygoing – it is a sharp study of the endurance of female friendship over romantic entanglements and life’s challenges

Ian Thomson, Financial Times, 6/6/2014

Emma Jane Unsworth – Animals

Gloriously debauched and wonderfully touching… a gripping, raucous read from one of Britain’s most promising young writers

Kaite Welsh, The List, 29/4/2014

Animals review – Emma Jane Unsworth’s fevered tale of female friendship

A fevered tale of female friendship

Lucy Scholes, The Observer, 11/5/2014


Animals is a triumphant book and Unsworth’s writing is a joy to absorb yourself in

Anna James, We Love This Book, 1/5/2014

Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth

The writing in Animals fizzes; it’s fiery, sharp and perceptive. When I wasn’t laughing raucously I was nodding in agreement… It’s the novel that should firmly establish Emma Jane Unsworth as a shining star of British contemporary literature

Naomi Frisby, The Writes of Woman, 1/5/2014


Animals Savagely funny, clever and wise. If it’s not an instant cult classic I’m leaving the cult (NATHAN FILER)


Brutally funny and heartfelt. I loved it (LAUREN BEUKES)


Animals is a riot. A kind of drunker, swearier Girls. I loved it (MATT HAIG)


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)


A devilish tale, spun in angelic prose (JOHN NIVEN)


A hilarious, madcap meditation on grown-ups who are not quite ready to grow up. Unsworth’s writing is as brilliantly inventive as her characters’ transgressions (HELEN WALSH)


Stunningly brilliant (JENN ASHWORTH)


Featuring two women in their early thirties whose voracious appetite for wine make Dionysus look like a lightweight… Unsworth captures the destabilising doubts that your late twenties/early thirties can trigger (THE INDEPENDENT)


Clever, entertaining and fantastically readable, this book straddles the literary/popular divide so neatly there’ll be no justice if it isn’t a hit (BOOKMUNCH)


Hilarious, moving and poetic (GLAMOUR)


An utterly triumphant ode to female friendship, in all its intense, messy and powerful beauty (ELLE)


Sometimes you need a novel to come along with this amount of outrageous energy and élan… (THE WORKSHY FOP)


There is a lot of fun and a lot of raw, wonderful, fresh energy… This is a book that will make you laugh and make you think (BOOKCUNT)



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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