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Things We Didn't See Coming

by Steven Amsterdam

Things We Didn't See Coming Synopsis

Opening on the eve of the millennium, when the world as we know it is still recognisable, we meet the nine-year-old narrator as he flees the city with his parents, just ahead of a Y2K breakdown. Next he is a teenager with a growing criminal record, taking his grandparents for a Sunday drive. In a world transformed by battles over resources, he teaches them how to steal. In time we see him struggle through strange, horrific and unexpectedly funny terrain as he goes about the no longer simple act of survival. Despite the chaos of his world, he keeps his eyes on the exit door, his heart open and his mind on what he thinks is going to happen next. Longlisted for the Guardian first book award.

Things We Didn't See Coming Press Reviews

A memorable debut...[and a] gleefully apocalyptic novel... as ever with this kind of dystopian fiction, there is a satisfying tingle in imagining an Armageddon just round the corner. But Amsterdam also gives his book an emotional heart -- Adrian Turpin * Financial Times * What makes Things We Didn't See Coming such an impressive novel - and very impressive debut - is the playfulness of the writing contrasted to the grimness of the subject matter -- Christopher Potter * Sunday Times * Rarely has the darkness of life been looked at with such buoyant irony, imaginative grace and disarming ardour. Read it once and then read it twice -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * A small marvel, overflowing with ideas. Scary, funny, shocking and touching by turns -- Justine Jordan * Guardian * Here's that rare thing - a post-apocalypse novel that's more than doom and gloom. A treat to read - playful, intelligent and intriguing * Daily Mail *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099547044
Publication date: 4th August 2011
Author: Steven Amsterdam
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Steven Amsterdam

Steven Amsterdam was born in New York and has worked as a map editor, producer's assistant, and a pastry chef. He has lived in Melbourne, Australia since 2003, where he works as a writer and palliative care nurse. His debut novel, Things We Didn't See Coming, won The Age Book of the Year in Australia and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

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