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'He could not find one single more word to say. I just want to be free. He could not say those words. They had already withered in his mind, turned to dust. He did not even know, he marvelled now, what the hell those words had meant.' Acclaimed novelist Charlotte Wood takes a character from her bestselling book The Children and turns her unflinching gaze on him and his world in her extraordinary novel, ANIMAL PEOPLE. Set in Sydney over a single day, Animal People traces a watershed day in the life of Stephen, aimless, unhappy, unfulfilled - and without a clue as to how to make his life better. His dead-end job, his demanding family, his oppressive feelings for Fiona and the pitiless city itself ... the great weight of it all threatens to come crashing down on him. The day will bring untold surprises and disasters, but will also show him - perhaps too late - that only love can set him free. Sharply observed, hilarious, tender and heartbreaking, Animal People is a portrait of urban life, a meditation on the conflicted nature of human-animal relationships, and a masterpiece of storytelling. Filled with shocks of recognition and revelation, it shows a writer of great depth and compassion at work.

About the Author

Charlotte Wood was born in 1965 in Wales. She is the author of five novels - Pieces of a Girl (1999), The Submerged Cathedral (2004), The Children (2007), Animal People (2011), and "The Natural Way of Things" (forthcoming October 2015). She has also written a collection of short personal reflections on cooking, Love & Hunger (2012). She was also editor of the anthology of writing about siblings, Brothers & Sisters (2009). Her books have been frequently short-listed for prizes. Animal People was longlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award. In 2014 she was appointed Chair of Arts Practice, Literature, at the Australia Council for the Arts. She is working on a PhD thesis on creativity; previous degrees are a Master of Creative Arts from UTS and a BA from Charles Sturt University. She won the 2013 People's Choice Award, NSW Premier's Literary Award for Animal People. Her titles include: Pieces of a Girl, The Submerged Cathedral, The Children, and The Natural Way of Things.
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