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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 24/06/2021
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The debut novel from the author of the bestselling phenomenon Three Women centres on Joan, the most provocative and mesmerising narrator you will encounter in 2021.    

The first novel from the author of Three Women.

Meet Joan.

I drove myself out of New York City where a man shot himself in front of me. He was a gluttonous man and when his blood came out it looked like the blood of a pig. That's a cruel thing to think, I know. He did it in a restaurant where I was having dinner with another man, another married man. Do you see how this is going? But I wasn't always that way. I am depraved. I hope you like me. 

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526630940
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 652 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Few writers can match Taddeo's swagger on sentence-level. She has a knack for the unexpected, shocking phrase that feels nonchalantly tossed, like dynamite to a fire * The Globe and Mail *
A compulsive read. Taddeo's prose glitters with all the dark wit and flashes of insight that readers and critics admired in Three Women . . . Like Coel's I May Destroy You, Animal is unafraid to wrestle with big questions about sexual empowerment and consent, and doesn't pretend to have found neat answers * Guardian *
American Psycho for the #MeToo generation * The Times *
Propulsive, fiercely confident . . . Joan's voice is so sharp and magnetic that the reader will follow her anywhere * New York Times *
Joan's fury feels fitting, in a new age of righteous rage and brave honesty in female-driven and female-penned art, from Promising Young Women and I May Destroy You, to Raven Leilani's Luster * Harper's Bazaar *
An explosive, visceral story about childhood trauma, sexual violence, sisterhood and grief. In vivid, unforgiving prose, Taddeo charts the fate of its unforgettable antiheroine, Joan * i *
A raging, funny and fierce thriller with a protagonist whose life force, against extraordinary odds - always in the gaze and sometimes the grasp of predatory, abusive men - is a thing of wonder * Financial Times *
This summer's most-hyped book and more than lives up to the buzz . . . A dark, disturbing masterpiece, full of righteous female rage - every word roars right off the page * Red *
A fever dream of a read . . . Intense, disturbing and provoking, it's also a book that's filled with humanity, sensuality and, in the end, love and hope . . . Read, give to your friends and discuss at length * Stylist *
Wow. Dark, hypnotic and horrifying, with a central protagonist in Joan who demands your deepest empathy despite every transgression, it's brilliantly written and expertly done. I loved it -- Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange and The Lies You Told
An outstanding novel, unnerving but brilliant -- Samira Ahmed, BBC Radio 4 Front Row
I don't think there is a writer alive who writes about the interior lives of women with the raw truth and intensity [Taddeo] does . . . Fearless, sexy, brutal and just forensically observed. She is extraordinary -- Jojo Moyes
Raging, hilarious and utterly addictive * Daily Mail *
Scorching, unforgettable, stunningly beautiful, Animal blew my mind and has left me reeling -- Clover Stroud
[An] audacious debut novel * Evening Standard *
Reeling. Stunned. It is ablaze with rage and beauty. You've captured all the rage every woman has been suppressing her entire life. Mary Gaitskill eat your heart out -- Sam Baker
Riveting . . . Propulsive, erotic, emotional . . . Joan is almost impossible to look away from on every page * Kirkus Reviews *
The best way I can think to describe Lisa Taddeo's first novel is "like if Joan Didion got into hard drugs and carried a switchblade everywhere." Sun-parched, sinewy, and hostile (in a good way) * Harper's Bazaar *
A riveting, visceral examination of trauma and rage told by a writer whose prose lights a match and burns up the page. Joan is an unforgettable antiheroine. I don't think I'll ever stop thinking about her. -- Elizabeth Day

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“The Year of the Feminist Anti-Hero”

Lisa Taddeo's first novel is visceral, sometimes brutal and yes, animalistic. There are books that come along every few years that seem to hit the zeitgeist and Animal is definitely one ot them and will be one of... More

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“Dark, gripping and unsettling..”

Lisa Taddeo’s debut non-fiction book “Three Women” was a sensational international bestseller. Her fiction debut “ Animal” should come with a warning on the cover “ fasten your seatbelts before you turn the first... More

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“Breath Deep”

Review Take a breath! Animal is a beast of a story… (Pun intended). Joan is intense! A woman who feels on a visceral level the woundedness of her life and acts accordingly. There are things she says and does in... More

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