Everything Under (Hardback)Daisy Johnson (author)
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Nominated for this year's Man Booker Prize, Johnson's reworking of Oedipus Rex as a mesmerising tale of mothers and daughters is water-steeped, myth-bound and brilliantly uncanny.
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
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 392 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 27 mm
'[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.' - The Daily Mail
'Infused with dark fairy tale, Oedipal tragedy and Freudian desire, this is a brambly, atmospheric and immersive tale... Johnson's Everything Under shines in its use of language.' - Ellen Wiles, Times Literary Supplement
'A weird and wonderful revisioning of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex... Johnson writes with a mesmerising blend of the naturalistic and the surreal, spinning physical descriptions of muscular beauty... This is a novel that drives to its tragic outcome with the twisting but unstoppable logic of a river to the sea.' - Rebecca Abrams, The Financial Times
'A hybrid of Alexander Trocchi's 1954 murder-on-a-canal novel Young Adam and Angela Carter at her most witchy and far-out, Everything Under is creative writing of distinction. '-- Ian Thomson, The Evening Standard
'A deeply involving, unsettling novel that pulls the reader into a uniquely eerie yet recognisable world.' - The Sunday Times
'Johnson excels at making psychic phenomena feel visceral.' - The 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
'Everything Under is an unusual and eerily atmospheric read from new talent Daisy Johnson.' - Good Housekeeping
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