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Everything Under

by Daisy Johnson

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Everything Under Synopsis

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2019

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

It's been sixteen years since Gretel last saw her mother, half a lifetime to forget her childhood on the canals. But a phone call will soon reunite them, and bring those wild years flooding back: the secret language that Gretel and her mother invented; the strange boy, Marcus, living on the boat that final winter; the creature said to be underwater, swimming ever closer.

In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but to wade deeper into their past, where family secrets and aged prophesies will all come tragically alive again. 

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Everything Under Press Reviews

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

Saturated in mythology and fairy tales, Everything Under is weird and wild and wonderfully unsettling. Daisy Johnson writes in a torrent of language as unrelenting and turbulent and dark as the river at the book's heart; dive in for just a moment and you'll emerge gasping and haunted -- Celeste Ng The kind of book that worms its way into your brain, leaving echoes of its story and world long after it is back on the shelf... beautifully creepy and affecting -- Rebecca Nicholson - Observer

A stunning debut novel. Blending a deep understanding of character and storytelling examination... the result reminds me of Iris Murdoch... Johnson's affinity for the natural world is extraordinary -- Jeff VanderMeer - Guardian

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

Everything Under is a force of nature ... Like Iris Murdoch's 1954 novel Under the Net, Johnson's Man Booker Prize finalist is concerned with language, secrets and the damage wrought by what's left unsaid. -- Tobias Grey - New York Times Book Review

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781784702113
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781910702345
Publication date: 20/09/2018
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784702113
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Daisy Johnson
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson was born in 1990 and currently lives in Oxford. Her short fiction has appeared in The Boston Review and The Warwick Review, among others. In 2014, she was the recipient of the 2014 AM Heath prize. Photo credit: Pollyanna Johnson

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