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Animal Lovers

Rob Palk

Animal Lovers by Rob Palk


When Stuart married Marie, who saved his life, he didn't expect her to leave him to protest the badger cull. Stuart can care about badgers too - if it means getting his wife back. But out in the woods animal instincts are stirring. Stuart's about to enter a world of sexy witches, militant vegans and gun-toting farmers in this dark comedy about nature and love.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781912240036
Publication Date: 15/02/2018
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Rob Palk
Rob Palk wrote his first book while recovering from a nearly fatal illness and the collapse of his marriage. This book was written in London, Burgundy and Haifa but the...


‘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

‘Animal Lovers reads like a book that its author needed to write. “One day soon I would be able to romanticise all this,” says Stuart near the end. “I’d be able to dress it up, cheapen it into anecdote. A hard luck story.” Palk has channelled his experiences into something deeper and more affirming.’

The Financial Times

‘Hilarious, poignant and stuffed full of brilliant secondary characters. I couldn’t put it down.’

The Daily Mail

‘A beautiful piece of work, witty and profound, and mottled with sadness.’

Anthony McGowan

‘This love story is as deep and strange as a badger’s sett. It is also – like love itself – touching and truthful, sometimes absurd and often very funny.’

Francis Wheen

‘There’s a mordant comedic genius unexpectedly at work in this story of brain haemorrhage and badger murder... Palk’s wit and linguistic deftness enliven every page, playing with paradox, jibing at social convention, devilling moments of authentic heartbreak with mustardy humour.’

Richard Smyth, Review 31

‘A darkly comic novel that is as beautiful as it is profound’

Great Central

‘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.’

Tiernan Douieb

‘Animal Lovers is a brilliantly funny story about love, illness and badgers. The characters are recognisable but well-rounded and I found myself captivated by this promising young novelist’s skilful manipulation of the story.’

James Bloodworth

‘Entertaining, interesting, and full of humanity.’

Lizzie Ward, Cats and Chocolate blog

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Animal Lovers: Sandstone Press acquires Rob Palk's debut novel

Sandstone Press has acquired a comic literary novel about divorce,mortality and badgers by Rob Palk. Animal Lovers follows Stuart as his wife becomes passionately involved in protesting the badger-cull, falls...