This February sees the release of Rob Palk’s Animal Lovers – a darkly comic novel that is as beautiful as it is profound.

When Stuart marries Marie after a serious illness, he doesn’t foresee her leaving him within four months of their honeymoon. She becomes passionately involved in protesting the badger cull, abandoning him to join fellow activists in the Gloucestershire woods. Stuart refuses to admit it’s over, feigning an interest in badgers in order to win her back. Though he’s accounted for her attachment to the badgers, he hasn’t considered her burgeoning interest in Henry, a handsome protester. As tensions rise and new relationships form, secrets bubble to the surface – including some which may have been best left hidden.

Leicester’s Rob Palk wrote his first book while recovering from a nearly fatal illness and the collapse of his marriage, but Animal Lovers was written in London, Burgundy and Haifa.

Animal Lovers is released through Sandstone Press on the 15th February.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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