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Wild Pets (hardback)

Amber Medland

A shrewd, elegant literary debut that tells one of the oldest stories in the world – first love – with joyous humour and wicked verve.

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‘Smart and funny… Wild Pets is an instant set text of the emerging canon of millennial fiction.’

‘A wickedly funny and emotionally complex novel.’

Jenny Offill, author of Weather and Dept. of Speculation

‘An impresive, cumulatively powerful first outing.’

Daily Mail

‘A ripe and excellent debut… funny and smart and human and true.’
Andrew O’Hagan, author of Mayflies

Wild Pets
follows Iris, Ezra and Nance in the years after university. They fall in and out of bed with each other, reread The Art of War, grieve the closing of Fabric and write book proposals on the history of salt, while submerging their nights in drink and drugs. Confronting adulthood with high wit and low behaviour against contemporary political and social turmoil, these young men and women seem to have everything going for them. So why are they still swimming desperately against the tide?

A bold, honest novel, Wild Pets is about the fragility of mental health, power imbalances in friendship and sex, and creative ambition fused with destruction – and the lingering power of first loves.

Critic Reviews

Smart and funny… tosses out picture-perfect descriptions with casual brilliance... Wild Pets is an instant set text of the emerging canon of millennial fiction.

Anthony Cummins, Guardian
Critic Reviews

A wickedly funny and emotionally complex novel that skates along the dazzling surface of life then takes a deep, chilling drop into the waters below.

Jenny Offill, author of Weather and Dept. of Speculation
Critic Reviews

Captures the Millennial experience sharply and sympathetically… The influence of Sally Rooney’s Normal People is palpable… [but] Medland’s book takes a turn for the darker. With hints of Gwendoline Riley and Ottessa Moshfegh… this is an impressive, cumulatively powerful first outing.

Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
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A ripe and excellent debut... funny and smart and human and true.

Andrew O'Hagan, author of Mayflies
Critic Reviews

Amber Medland writes in a voice wholly her own—part meow and part growl—nervy, laceratingly funny, and profoundly knowing.

Elissa Schappell, author of Blueprints for Building Better Girls
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Like Sally Rooney and Zadie Smith, Amber Medland has written a daring, complex page-turner about being young and in love. But Wild Pets also feels wholly new and original, as Medland so brilliantly captures the thrill and fear of a young woman's pursuit of ideas, art, and desire in the uneasy early days of Trump's America. A delightful, lacerating debut.

Rebecca Godfrey, author of Under the Bridge and The Torn Skirt

Amber Medland read English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge and has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She lives in London.

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