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Everything Under

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

An eerie, watery reimagining of the Oedipus myth set on the canals of Oxford, from the author of Fen


The dictionary doesn’t contain every word. Gretel, a lexicographer by trade, knows this better than most. She grew up on a houseboat with her mother, wandering the canals of Oxford and speaking a private language of their own invention. Her mother disappeared when Gretel was a teen, abandoning her to foster care, and Gretel has tried to move on, spending her days updating dictionary entries.

One phone call from her mother is all it takes for the past to come rushing back. To find her, Gretel will have to recover buried memories of her final, fateful winter on the canals. A runaway boy had found community and shelter with them, and all three were haunted by their past and stalked by an ominous creature lurking in the canal: the bonak. Everything and nothing at once, the bonak was Gretel’s name for the thing she feared most. And now that she’s searching for her mother, she’ll have to face it.

In this electrifying reinterpretation of a classical myth, Daisy Johnson explores questions of fate and free will, gender fluidity, and fractured family relationships. Everything Under—a debut novel whose surreal, watery landscape will resonate with fans of Fen—is a daring, moving story that will leave 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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April 2019 : UK Hardback

Title: Everything Under
Author(s): Daisy Johnson
ISBN: 1-78541-705-3 / 978-1-78541-705-4 (UK edition)
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Title: Everything Under: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
Author(s): Daisy Johnson
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Title: Everything Under: A Novel
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