The Invention of Everything Else

by Samantha Hunt

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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009

It’s an absorbing tale  of the relationship between a chambermaid and the scientific genius Tesla, with some enticing time-travel ideas.


Sarah Broadhurst

The Invention of Everything Else Synopsis

Louisa is an imaginative and curious chambermaid who, while cleaning rooms at the New Yorker Hotel, stumbles across a man living permanently in room 3327, which he has transformed into a scientific laboratory. Brought together by a shared interest in the pigeons that nest in the hotel, Louisa discovers that the mysterious guest is Nikola Tesla, one of the most brilliant – and most neglected – inventors of the twentieth century.

The Invention of Everything Else charts the relationship of the girl and the genius during the last week of Tesla’s life, when sinister forces are closing in on him. However, as well as being an engaging literary mystery, this exceptional novel movingly tells the life story of this extraordinary man and also recounts the heartbreak and redemption of one ordinary family..

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The Invention of Everything Else Press Reviews

'A brilliant evocation of the life of the inventor Nikola Tesla' Guardian


'A fantastical story that engages the heart and mind, as Hunt pays tribute to the power of invention, and the enduring strength of love' Psychologies
'A fresh original voice….believable and hilarious… this is a literary novel that deserves a wide readership.. a real talent to watch' Sunday Express

'A sophisticated pastiche of science fiction, fantasy, melodrama, and historical anecdote....It all adds up to a precocious math of human marvel' Elle

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ISBN: 9780099524007
Publication date: 02/04/2009
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099524007
Publication date: 2nd April 2009
Author: Samantha Hunt
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt’s fiction has been published in the New Yorker and McSweeney’s and she has written one previous novel. She received the ‘5 under 35’ award from the American National Book Foundation in 2006 and currently teaches writing and bookmaking at the Pratt Institute.

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