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The Animals in That Country by [Laura Jean  McKay]
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‘This is a game-changing, life-changing novel, the kind that comes along right when you need it, and compels you to listen to its terrifying poetry. Compulsively readable and yet also pushing the boundaries of what is possible in terms of language and narrative, this is a brilliant and disturbing book that will make you rethink everything you thought you understood about non-human animal sentience and agency. I don’t think any reader can ever forget a voice like Sue the dingo’s ― wise and obscene in equal measure. A triumph.’
– Ceridwen Dovey

‘Wow! The Animals in That Country is refreshingly original and totally bonkers, and I read it at a furious pace. Jean Bennett is one of the most memorable characters I’ve read in a long time. I loved her brass and her messiness, and when the end of times comes, most of us will be lucky to have half her loyalty and determination. The story is hugely imaginative and fully realised, with McKay in total control of her creative vision. She explores the potential of human/nonhuman communication, and the result is as poetic as it is surprising. A great debut novel.’
– Alison Huber, Book Division Manager Readings

‘This novel is one wild ride, from beginning to end. I loved Jean’s character ― middle-aged, flawed, and foul-mouthed ― desperately trying to keep herself together and to hold on to the family she has left. Sue the dingo is a glorious character, full of wild instinct yet all-knowing about the humans she encounters. This is one of the most unique, quirky stories I’ve read in a long time and a telling insight into how we see and relate to native wildlife. Laura Jean McKay’s is a fresh, innovative voice with a story that grabs you by the muzzle, leading you on an apocalyptic trip that you won’t forget easily.’
– Jenny Barry, Booksplus Bathurst

‘This book drips with angst and excitement … a truly original story teeming with intrigue.’
– Suzie Bull, Farrells Bookshop

‘Reminiscent of Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals, McKay offers an exciting and necessary new voice in Australian fiction. We’ve all wished we could talk to animals, but McKay teaches us that we really should be careful what we wish for. By turns bizarre and profound, this is a striking debut.’
– Jaclyn Crupi, Hill of Content Bookshop

‘In this warm, wild, and irreverent debut, Laura Jean McKay takes us into the minds of animals to reveal the complexity of their lives. The Animals in That Country avoids the trap of anthropomorphism, showing instead the absurd, intense, and shifting bonds between humans and animals.’
– Mireille Juchau, author of The World Without Us

‘Deliriously strange, blackly hilarious, and completely exhilarating, The Animals in That Country is a wonderful debut from a genuinely original and exciting new voice.’
– James Bradley

‘Engrossing, subversive, and surprisingly profound, The Animals in That Country does something only the best fiction can do: it has the power to skew the reader’s perspective on the world. This story will stay with me for a long time, and its protagonist, Jean Bennett, will be with me even longer.’
– J.P. Pomare

‘McKay is a master at building tension through sparse, abrupt language that mirrors Jean’s decades of alcohol abuse, and the excellent world-building is enhanced by the exquisite chemistry between Jean and her canine companion Sue. Visceral and discombobulating yet tender, The Animals in That Country will appeal to readers who enjoyed the animal-led stories in Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals, and the foreboding road trip in Romy Ash’s Floundering.’
– Sonia Nair, Books+Publishing

‘Weird, wonderful and strangely moving. I will be thinking about this strange book, about Jean and Sue, for a long long time.’
– Eloise Grills, author of Big Beautiful Female Theory

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WINNER OF THE 2021 VICTORIAN PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE 2021 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR FICTION
A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR


Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07Z5FX5Z3
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribe (17 March 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1551 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 296 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 264 ratings

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Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia, a short story collection that explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet. Holiday in Cambodia has been shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia, including the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the 2014 Queensland Literary Award and the 2015 Asher Award for books on an anti-war theme. Laura’s writing has been published in The Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing and the North American Review. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and the recipient of a Martin Bequest Traveling Scholarship. www.laurajeanmckay.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally engrossing narrative with linguistic fireworks and a compelling theme.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and gripping, a revelation and glimpse into the minds of animals.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Received Many Glowing Accolades But Is Very Poor
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been interesting, but was hard to read, and ultimately pointless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying and Beautiful
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