My Animal Life


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$21.95  $20.19
Telegram Books
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5.5 X 1.1 X 8.6 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Maggie Gee was chosen as one of Granta's original 'Best Young British Novelists'. She has published many novels to great acclaim, including The White Family, shortlisted for the Orange and IMPAC prizes, My Cleaner and The Flood, longlisted for the Orange Prize, and The Ice People. She was the first female Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, 2004-2008, and is now one of its Vice-Presidents.


"A wise and beautiful book about what it feels like to be alive." --Zadie Smith

"A wonderful book, for its boldness and vigour, and for its piercing honesty." --Claire Tomalin

"Observant, honest and sensitively-written, it will be required reading for all admirers of Maggie Gee's fiction." --Michael Holroyd

"Anyone who yearns for that lost post-war Britain would do well to read this vivid, minutely observed memoir ... Gee has a sensuous eye for detail" --The Daily Telegraph

"Sensitive, honest, courageous, stylish" --The Times

"My Animal Life is a complex and complicated, anxious and affirmative meditation on the different places that writing can take you'" --Frances Wilson, The Times Literary Supplement

"[Maggie Gee] writes with uncompromising honesty about the triumphs and vicissitudes of her personal and literary life and offers balanced and wise insights into family and friendship, motherhood and marriage, class and race. Highly recommended for all aspiring writers." --Bernadine Evaristo

"[My Animal Life is] a revelation so profound and pared down that every word strikes like a hammer on an anvil, throwing off sizzling sparks." --the f word

"A beautifully wrought, perceptive and uplifting memoir." --The Good Book Guide