Emma Jane Unsworths first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything (Hidden Gem) won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize 2012. Her short story I Arrive First was included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt). She has worked as a journalist, a columnist for The Big Issue, and a barmaid. Her second novel Animals was published by Canongate in May 2014 and won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015. She is writing a third novel, as well as the screenplay of Animals, which has been optioned by BAFTA-nominated producer Sarah Brocklehurst and awarded development funding by the BFI.
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Not Working (2016)
"Owens is a comic genius and a beautiful writer. Not Working is so clever and original, pithy and poignant, capturing the voice of a bright, lost generation."
Harmless Like You (2016)
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
"What a beautiful book. So measured and confident for a debut - really impressive stuff."
"It's the kind of book you want to linger in and never leave; the kind of book that DOES things to you . . . I adored it."
The Water Cure (2018)
"Otherworldly, brutal and poetic: a feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It felt like a book I'd been waiting to read for a long time."
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