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Everything Under

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

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 16, 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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Daisy Johnson is a new goddamn swaggering monster of fiction." - Lauren Groff

"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

"Surprising, gorgeously written, and profoundly unsettling, this genderfluid retelling of Oedipus Rex will sink into your bones and stay there." - Carmen Maria Machado

"Hypnotic, disquieting and thrilling. A concoction of folklore, identity and belonging which sinks its fangs into the heart of you." - Irenosen Okojie

"A stunning debut novel. [B]lending a deep understanding of character and storytelling examination … the result reminds me of Iris Murdoch. … Johnson’s affinity for the natural world is extraordinary." - Jeff VanderMeer

"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


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Hardback Editions

July 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Everything Under
Author(s): Daisy Johnson
ISBN: 1-910702-34-X / 978-1-910702-34-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

February 2019 : UK Paperback

Title: Everything Under
Author(s): Daisy Johnson
ISBN: 1-78470-211-0 / 978-1-78470-211-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Everything Under
Author(s): DAISY JOHNSON
ISBN: 1-55597-826-6 / 978-1-55597-826-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Everything Under: A Novel
Author(s): Daisy Johnson
ISBN: 1-72133-520-X / 978-1-72133-520-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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January 2019 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Everything Under: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-72133-521-8 / 978-1-72133-521-3 (USA edition)
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Everything Under
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October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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October 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Everything Under
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October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Everything Under
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October 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Everything Under: A Novel
Author(s): Daisy Johnson
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July 2018 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Everything Under
Author(s): Daisy Johnson
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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