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“A wise and very funny novel of two best friends, and the other companion in their lives – booze. Unsworth writes of this manic duo with a gritty, unsentimental realism overlaid with a sharp, intelligent style, and real empathy for her subjects. A novel that examines the values – and perils – of friendship and sisterhood.”

Matt Bates, fiction buyer at WH Smith Travel


‘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?

Animals is a hilarious, moving and refreshingly honest tale of how a friendship can become the ultimate love story.


About Emma Jane Unsworth:

EmmaJaneUnsworthEmma 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.

Animals is published by Canongate.