Things We Didn't See Coming (Paperback)
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Things We Didn't See Coming (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages
Published: 04/08/2011
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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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099547044
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 149 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA 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

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“Bleak and apocalyptic”

Things We Didn’t See Coming follows a nameless narrator as he navigates his way through the 21st century. It begins on the eve of the millenium, the narrator a nine-year-old boy torn between his father, who is... More

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