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English Animals by [Laura Kaye]
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Shades of Cold Comfort Farm . . . Kaye has a keen eye for social observation . . . charming -- Lucy Scholes, Observer

[A] confident novel that engages with love, belonging, prejudice and, above all, quintessential Englishness, Daily Mail

[A] wry and knowing debut, Stylist

It's a long time since I've enjoyed any debut novel as much as English Animals. Its command of tone, narrative and character is so assured, and both its wit and perceptiveness about a certain kind of English life make it a joy to read. I am sure it will win several prizes.

I loved the taxidermy ideas and details, and how beautifully they chimed with the human animal scenes presented. The dreadful marriage, the horrific father and above all Mirka herself with her courageous honesty and kindness make this something very special

, Amanda Craig

A beautiful and bold debut, M.J. Hyland, author of the Man Booker-shortlisted Carry Me Down

Better than a burst of February sunshine, this is a pitch-perfect story . . . A bubble of pleasurable reading, Sainsbury's Magazine

Kaye offers an engrossing look at the English countryside, complex in friendship, love, violence and with a touch of mystery. Chronicling a Slovakian immigrant's story in the UK, English Animals is an important novel in an uncertain time. Don't be fooled by the spare, quiet prose; Kaye and her characters will do cartwheels over your expectations, Sara Novic, author of Girl At War

Kaye's satire usually hits the mark, coming at the expense of rural gastropubs with names like The Snooty Fox,
as well as the world of hipster taxidermy (Mirka starts assembling Dazed and Confused-friendly scenes called things like 'Freelance squirrels' and 'Rats at an office party') . . . Kaye is at her best when she sticks with her scalpel. It's good to see British writers still know how to use it

, Daily Telegraph, 'New Year, New Voices' picks of best debuts of 2017

[A] quirky debut novel -- Clare Clark, The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From the Publisher

Laura Kaye grew up in rural Oxfordshire and lives in London. This is her first book. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01HBL2T40
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Book Group (12 January 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 871 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 263 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Patrician
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book, but confusingly there is another writer ( of soft porn) also called Laura Kaye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Observational novel with unusual themes and straightforward style
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