English Animals published by Little, Brown in January 2017. A young woman from Slovakia, Mirka, comes to live on a rural estate in the UK and finds a chaotic couple in whose lives she becomes enmeshed. She becomes an assistant to the husband, Richard, who runs the pheasant shooting business and is a taxidermist, but is drawn to the wife, Sophie, with whom she falls in love. English Animals is a satire of a certain kind of Englishness, examining the latent homophobia and anti-European sentiment that exists in parts of the country, as well as an unusual love story and meditation on our strange relationship with the animal kingdom.
Its command of tone, narrative and character is so assured, and both its wit and perceptiveness about a certain kind of English life make it a joy to read – Amanda Craig, Author & Journalist
Kaye offers an engrossing look at the English countryside, complex in friendship, love, violence and with a touch of mystery. Chronicling a Slovakian Immigrant’s story in the UK, English Animals is an important novel in an uncertain time. Don’t be fooled by the spare, quiet, prose; Kaye and her characters will do cartwheels over your expectations – Sara Novic, Author of Girl at War
Kaye is at her best when she sticks with her scalpel. It's good to see British writers still know how to use it — Daily Telegraph, 'New Year, New Voices' picks of best debuts of 2017
[A] confident novel that engages with love, belonging, prejudice and, above all, quintessential Englishness — Daily Mail
Shades of Cold Comfort Farm…Kaye has a keen eye for social observation…Charming – Lucy Scholes, The Observer