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  • TAG : Animals Emma Jane UnsworthCanongate, 256pp, £12.99
  • Well, maybe not. Emma Jane Unsworth's "Animals" lays out a few post-millennial lines, tells a story over a few dozen cocktails, and looks to the grand tapestry of binge-misbehavior sagas. "All The Sad Young Men" morphs into "Absolutely Fabulous" and even still, it's pretty funny. The author is looking to bridge the raging-girl-rebel to the raw-nerve tragic girl with plenty of acting-out along the continuum.

    This book deals with two women around the age of thirty who are going to lots of partys, drinking a lot of booze and taking all kinds of drugs. They are not what you may consider a mature grownup person. I thought that the topic was really interesting and those Goodreads studies from last year showed me that I hardly read any books by female authors so I ordered Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth.

  • Wow. I love Emma Jane Unsworth. Have you read ‘Hungry, the Stars and everything?’ it’s brilliant. She came to a library event the library I worked at hosted, she’s a great speaker.

    One should never judge a book by the celebrity quotes on its cover but it was hard to resist Emma Jane Unsworth’s second novel once I saw that Caitlin Moran had called it “ with girls”. I love Caitlin Moran! I love ! I love girls! Sold, sold, sold.

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  • Emma Jane Unsworth's first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything won a Betty Trask Award. Her second novel Animals is now available from Canongate. She is currently working a screenplay for Animals,  funded by the BFI, as well as a third novel.

    Let me start off with a bit of a warning. Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth) is not for everyone, and it is definitely not for the faint of heart. (Mom – you’re not going to like this book…..) Honestly, I am not even sure how much I like it. I mean I do like it, I really like it… but it’s kind of terrifying. It’s like someone took my early 20s and put them on crack and ecstasy and then flipped it all around til all I want to do is vomit. And that’s literally what is happening in this book – with all of the drugs and all of the vomiting. A lot. Like over and over again. But still. I do like it.

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Having read Aickman I can see how the stories by Jenn Ashworth, Alison Moore, Johnny Mains, Tom Fletcher, Richard Hirst, Emma Jane Unsworth and M. John Harrison are all inspired by his works as they all have elements of the supernatural and the ‘weird’ about them. If, like me (as you may have seen recently), you find Aickman and the ‘weird’ a little too, erm, weird then fret not.