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Daisy Johnson
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Everything Under

Daisy Johnson



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


272 pages

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'Daisy Johnson is a new goddamn swaggering monster of fiction.' Lauren Groff

Words are important to Gretel, always have been. As a child, she lived on a canal boat with her mother, and together they invented a language that was just their own. She hasn?t seen her mother since the age of sixteen, though - almost a lifetime ago - and those memories have faded. Now Gretel works as a lexicographer, updating dictionary entries, which suits her solitary nature.

A phone call from the hospital interrupts Gretel?s isolation and throws up questions from long ago. She begins to remember the private vocabulary of her childhood. She remembers other things, too- the wild years spent on the river; the strange, lonely boy who came to stay on the boat one winter; and the creature in the water - a canal thief? - swimming upstream, getting ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but go back.

Daisy Johnson?s debut novel turns classical myth on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most. As daring as it is moving, Everything Under is a story of family and identity, of fate, language, love and belonging that leaves you unsettled and unstrung.

By:   Daisy Johnson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   392g
ISBN:   9781910702345
ISBN 10:   191070234X
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Daisy Johnson was born in 1990. Her debut short story collection, Fen, was published in 2016. She is the winner of the Harper's Bazaar Short Story Prize, the A.M. Heath Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She currently lives in Oxford by the river.

[Daisy Johnson's] first novel confirms not only her talent, but her ambition... Johnson's dense, begrimed retelling [of the Oedipus myth] hums with an electricity pylon-charge of danger, and her sentences repeatedly flare with startling, visceral coinages. * Daily Mail * A deeply involving, unsettling novel that pulls the reader into a uniquely eerie yet recognisable world. * Sunday Times * Johnson excels at making psychic phenomena feel visceral. * Observer * Everything Under grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let me go. To read Daisy Johnson is to have that rare feeling of meeting an author you'll read for the rest of your life. * Evie Wyld * Surprising, gorgeously written, and profoundly unsettling, this genderfluid retelling of Oedipus Rex will sink into your bones and stay there. * Carmen Maria Machado * Daisy Johnson is a new goddamn swaggering monster of fiction. * Lauren Groff * Hypnotic, disquieting and thrilling. A concoction of folklore, identity and belonging which sinks its fangs into the heart of you. * Irenosen Okojie * Everything Under seeped through to my bones. Reaching new depths hinted at in Fen, language and landscape turn strange, full of creeping horror and beauty. It is precise in its terror, and its tenderness. An ancient myth masterfully remade for our uncertain times. * Kiran Millwood Hargrave * Daisy Johnson is a genius. * Jeff VanderMeer * [Daisy Johnson's] first collection Fen drew comparisons to Angela Carter and Graham Swift and there is an otherworldly, folkloric tinge to her inventive first novel although it is set in modern-day, rural England... Beautiful. -- Alice O'Keeffe * Bookseller *Editor's Choice* *

  • Long-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 (UK)
  • Short-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 (UK)
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