When Stuart marries Marie after a serious illness, he doesn’t foresee her leaving him within four months of their honeymoon. She becomes passionately involved in protesting the badger cull, abandoning him to join fellow activists in the Gloucestershire woods. Stuart refuses to admit it’s over, feigning an interest in badgers in order to win her back. Though he’s accounted for her attachment to the badgers, he hasn’t considered her burgeoning interest in Henry, a handsome protester. As tensions rise and new relationships form, secrets bubble to the surface – including some which may have been best left hidden.
‘Rob Palk has a fine eye for a punch-line and a poignant turn of phrase, often within the same sentence. This is a bitterly funny book about the strange places life can take you – including badger habitats.’
-Mark Watson, Comedian
‘A beautiful piece of work, witty and profound, and mottled with sadness.’
‘A darkly comic novel that is as beautiful as it is profound’
‘Slick and polished... Palk’s elegant writing style is repeatedly punctured by a superb sense of comic timing and incisive observational humour.’
-Jonny Sweet, The Wee Review
‘I loved this book. Funny, touching, and brilliantly written. Animal Lovers manages to combine humour, pathos, animal rights and the perfectly captured head-mess that is heartbreak in one engaging, hard to put down book. I raced through it in an afternoon, revelling in how Palk manages to make even the most ridiculous situations so plausible, grounded and human. Or in some cases, badger.’