Catapulted to literary stardom with her non-fiction bestseller Three Women, acclaimed for its radical candour in discussing sex, Lisa Taddeo’s debut novel is no less bold. Concerned with the link between trauma and sexual violence, Animal tells the story of voracious obsessive anti-hero Joan as she flees a dramatically failed love affair in New York to confront unfinished business in LA. Infused with bravado, psychological acuity and sly wit, and full of one-liners and simmering emotion, Animal is a sensational novel of female revenge.
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Lisa Taddeo is a journalist, two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Women, which won the Best Non-Fiction prize at the British Book Awards. Her writing has featured in publications including New York magazine, Esquire, Elle and Glamour, as well as the anthologies Best American Political Writing and Best American Sports Writing. Animal is her first novel.
Kate Mildenhall is a writer, teacher and co-host of The First Time, a podcast about the first time you publish a book. Her debut novel, Skylarking, was named in Readings Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and longlisted for Best Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Prize. The Mother Fault is her second novel and was published in 2020.