Emma Jane Unsworth - book author
Lives in Manchester, England.
Emma Jane Unsworth is the author of books: Animals, Hungry, the Stars and Everything, Adults, Grown Ups: A Novel, Poor Souls’ Light: Seven Curious Tales, Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories about Birds, The Longest Night: Five Curious Tales, Congregation of Innocents: Five Curious Tales, Transactions Of Desire vol.1
Animals is hilarious, honest, raw and thoroughly moving. It is about deciding when it's time to grow up, and recognising what you have to leave behind if you do.
‘HEARTBREAKING and HILARIOUS … I completely and utterly adored it’ Dolly Alderton
‘Funny, arch and tender … A MUST-READ’ Jessie Burton
Funny … clever … ADULTS is incredible’ Candice Carty-Williams
Jenny McLaine is an adult. Supposedly. At thirty-five she owns her own house, writes for a cool magazine and has hilarious friends just a message away.
But the thing is:
• She can’t actually afford her house since her criminally sexy ex-boyfriend Art left,
• her best friend Kelly is clearly trying to break up with her,
• she's so frazzled trying to keep up with everything you can practically hear her nerves jangling,
• she spends all day online-stalking women with beautiful lives as her career goes down the drain.
And now her mother has appeared on her doorstep, unbidden, to save the day…
Is Jenny ready to grow up and save herself this time?
Deliciously candid and gloriously heartfelt, ADULTS is the story of one woman learning how to fall back in love with her life. It will remind you that when the world throws you a curve ball (or nine), it may take friendship, gin & tonics or even your mother to bring you back…
Jenny McLaine’s life is falling apart. Her friendships are flagging. Her body has failed her. She’s just lost her column at The Foof because she isn’t the fierce voice new feminism needs. Her ex has gotten together with another woman. And worst of all: Jenny’s mother is about to move in. Having left home at eighteen to remake herself as a self-sufficient millennial, Jenny is now in her thirties and nothing is as she thought it would be. Least of all adulthood.
Told in live-wire prose, texts, emails, script dialogue, and social media messages, Grown Ups is a neurotic dramedy of 21st-century manners for the digital age. It reckons with what it means to exist in a woman’s body: to sing and dance and work and mother and sparkle and equalize and not complain and be beautiful and love your imperfections and stay strong and show your vulnerability and bake and box…
But, despite our impossible expectations of women, Emma Jane Unsworth never lets Jenny off the hook. Jenny’s life is falling apart at her own hands and whether or not she has help from her mother or her friends, Jenny is the only one who will be able to pick up the pieces and learn how to, more or less, grow up. Or will she?
Join us on a walk along a canal path, on a holiday in a seaside cottage, during preparations for Christmas dinner: these seemingly commonplace occurrences unlock a hidden seam of menace and chaos, where the spectral and the subconscious become indistinguishable, where the living break bread with the dead.
Featuring contributions from the Curious Tales team, as well as award-winning guest authors M. John Harrison and Johnny Mains, Poor Souls’ Light will also pay tribute to Robert Aickman, one of the great supernatural short story writers, whose centenary is in 2014.
Winter is the seasons’ sleep, so tread with care along the passage lit by the Poor Souls’ Light.
Award-winning editor Nicholas Royle brings together previously published stories by Daphne du Maurier, Anna Kavan, Russell Hoban and others with brand-new tales by contemporary writers including Bill Broady, Adam Marek, Regi Claire, Mark Valentine, Reggie Oliver, R.B. Russel, and many more.
With a foreword by Angelica Michelis, senior lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Swallows Sleep in Winter – Adam Marek
For the True Anatomy – Claire Massey
Sliding off the World – Bruce Gilbert
The Gannets – Anna Kavan
Fight or Flight – Emma Jane Unsworth
Birds of Prey – Joel Lane
The Egg – Alison Moore
The Raven – Russell Hoban
The Rhododendron Canopy – Elizabeth Stott
Huginn and Muninn – Tom Fletcher
When the Red, Red Robin – Regi Claire
A Nestling – Jack Trevor Story
Barren Clough – Neil Campbell
Shrike – David Rose
The Candling – Deborah Kermode
A Revelation of Cormorants – Mark Valentine
The Brids – Bill Broady
Rarely Visits Gardens – Juliet West
All Our Dead Heavens – Conrad Williams
Tsipporah – Adèle Geras
Dead Bird – Socrates Adams-Florou
The Beautiful Room – RB Russell
Gulls – Nicholas Royle
Snow – Marc Werner
Flight of Fancy – GA Pickin
The Wounded Bird – Michael Kelly
Corbeaux Bay – Geeta Roopnarine
Husks – Stephen Bacon
Painful Hard Ectoplasm – Laura Ellen Joyce
The Birds – Daphne du Maurier
Contributors’ royalties and editor’s fee to be donated to the RSPB.
The Longest Night: Five Curious Tales
Introduced by Stephen Volk, creator of Ghostwatch
Illustrations by Beth Ward
Limited edition of 300 copies.
Winter Closing - Alison Moore
In - Emma Jane Unsworth
Drums At Cullen - Richard Hirst
Bedtime - Tom Fletcher
Dark Jack - Jenn Ashworth
These are five curious tales of the everyday quietly unravelling into mystery, of psychosis lurking just beneath the surface, of spectres sighted in the daylight.
Containing original fiction from Jenn Ashworth, Tom Fletcher, Richard Hirst and Emma Jane Unsworth, a graphic short story from Ian Williams and artwork and illustration from Beth Ward, Congregation of Innocents: Five Curious Tales is a limited edition and print-only collection of short fiction and original artwork which pays tribute to the work of the American writer Shirley Jackson on the fiftieth anniversary of her death.
The winter may be drawing near but within the Congregation of Innocents the sun is high and the shadows at their darkest.
Heartbreak. This is the preserve of many a fairy tale gone wrong.
Here, the disenchantment of a post-apocalyptic future is explored through stories of lust and yearning, twisted sexuality and repressed desire. Outsiders and lost youth collide in a funfair of their own making.
These tales of unrequited love take place in zoos and churches, in museums and galleries, and in the deepest darkest crevices of each writer’s imagination.
This stand-alone title is published alongside the inaugural exhibition opening at HOME in 2015 (23 May – 26 July 2015). It is the first to be published in HOME’s Transactions of Desire series. The others will follow later in 2015-16.