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'DAZZLING' Marian Keyes

'WITTY' Guardian

'HEARTBREAKING' Dolly Alderton

'INCREDIBLE' Candice Carty-Williams

Jenny is unloved, unemployable and emotionally unfiltered. Her long-suffering friends seem sick of her and whilst her social media portrays her life as a bed of roses, it is more of a dying succulent.

Could things get any worse? Her mother is on her doorstep with a suitcase, and Jenny is about to find out...

Adults is a 'hilarious and heartbreaking' (Red magazine) novel about living online and trying to find yourself in real life; a hymn to the power of female friendship and an essential read for you and every woman you know.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 270g
  • The Borough Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0008334633
  • 9780008334635
  • 1,426,979

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'Jaunty, witty, sexy and funny ... [Unsworth's] 'her writing surprises, delights and moves. I will remember, for a long time, this novel's lacerating wit and its melancholy sorrow.'

'Adults is hilarious ... that this novel is so relatable is what makes it such a page-turner. Heartwarming and heartbreaking' STYLIST

'Unsworth dazzlingly skewers modern life ... This deserves to be gleefully quoted' SUNDAY TIMES

'Virtuoso ... Unsworth sparkles... like the very best of her kind, she creates a world complex enough that in the echoes of our laughter are also relatability, wistfulness, even hope' OBSERVER

'I LOVED it! Dazzling observations & snarky one-liners, with a heroine who is vulnerable, funny, intelligent & feels SO REAL I WISH I'd written it!' MARIAN KEYES

'Adults is a sharp, funny novel about floundering in a social-media world where everyone else seems to be flying ... [Unsworth] nails the anguish of losing a future and figuring yourself out. Adults is witty, clever and a bit frightening. Unsworth had me rooting for Jenny to like herself' THE TIMES

'Confronting, heartbreaking and hilarious ... I completely & utterly adored it' DOLLY ALDERTON


'As empathetic as it is energising ... Superb' DAILY MAIL

'Funny, arch & tender .... A must-read' JESSIE BURTON

'Funny, sad and often very wise' METRO

'Hilarious & heartbreaking' RED

'Too funny, too clever, satisfyingly satirical & with just the right amount of Zodiac chat, ADULTS is incredible' CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS

'Adults is a sharp, dark and frequently very funny story of mothers and daughters'i NEWS

'Unique, hilarious ... I loved it' HOLLY BOURNE

'As funny as it is scary . . . a very clever, and frequently sad, story of addiction hiding in plain sight: Instagram' JUNO DAWSON
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About Emma Jane Unsworth

Emma Jane Unsworth is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her novel, Animals has been adapted into a film, for which Unsworth wrote the screenplay. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2019. She also writes for television and various magazines.
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