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Everything Under

Everything Under

Daisy Johnson

£14.99

18 min

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Belgravia Books

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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 hasnt 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 Gretels 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 Johnsons 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.

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  • Author
  • Daisy Johnson