English Animals – Debut novel published by Little, Brown in January 2017. Nominated for the 2019 Dublin Literary Award.
English Animals tells the story of Mirka, a young woman from Slovakia who comes to the UK to work on a pheasant shooting estate. She assists the husband Richard in his taxidermy business, soon surpassing him in skill and success. Meanwhile she is drawn to the enigmatic wife Sophie, with whom she falls in love. Together they embark on an affair that will cause Mirka to consider what she wants from life. English Animals is a sideways look at English rural life, lesbian love story as well as a 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