Everything Under

Everything Under

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/02/2019
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Everything Under
A dark watery nightmare
Gretel has an unconventional childhood growing up on the canals with her mother and living in a private world of their own creation. Her adult life, a care... READ MORE
Megan at Waterstones Bristol Galleries
Everything Under
A phenomenal debut from a hugely intriguing author who manages to combine myth, horror, fantasy with a believable and authentic story of family, love and l... READ MORE
Jack at Bromley


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 '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.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784702113
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 191g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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Everything Under
Nice texture, but overrated.
A nicely done re-working of the Oedipus myth. Not sure why it gets so much hype though. Some nice prose, but generally a book that is so absorbed in its ow... READ MORE
Charlie Dennis
Everything Under
I bought this book out of interest for something a bit different from my usual loved thrillers. I was curious about this book from reading the synopis as i... READ MORE
kristie nicklin
Everything Under
Flotsam and Jetsam
Wow, astonishing. This story ebbs and flows, swirls into torrents and gently carries you along in turns, just like the river it is set on. It collects the ... READ MORE
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