Publication Date: 10/09/2020 ISBN: 9780241363560 Category:

Everything You Ever Wanted

Luiza Sauma

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 10/09/2020 ISBN: 9780241363560 Category:
Paperback / Softback




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‘Wry, beautiful, surprising and deeply moving’ Rachel Seiffert, Guardian

‘Captures so excellently the low level anxiety that hums through everyday life’ Daily Telegraph

You wake up. You go to work. You have strategy meetings about how to use hashtags. After work you get so blackout drunk you can’t remember the circumstances which have led you to waking up next to your colleague. The next day you stay in bed, scrolling through your social media feeds and wondering why everyone else seems to be achieving so much.

Then you hear about Life on Nyx, a programme that offers the chance to move to another planet and start a new, meaningful way of life. But there’s a caveat: if you go, you can never come back.


‘An acute satire of our social media-dominated times and a haunting examination of depression and anxiety rendered in diamond sharp prose’ i

‘Sauma has the horrors of the workplace nailed with satirical precision’ Sunday Times Culture

‘Weird, wonderful and beautifully written’ Daily Mail

‘For fans of Black Mirror’ Elle

‘Millennial angst meets sci-fi’ Stylist

‘Uplifting, unputdownable and mordantly funny’ Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti

Publisher Review

Sublime -- Otegha Uwagba, author of 'The Little Black Book' Millennial angst meets sci-fi * Stylist * For fans of Black Mirror * Elle * Absorbing and ambitious. Filled with sharp observations about the way in which we live now, Everything You Ever Wanted is both an acute satire of our social-media dominated times, and a haunting examination of depression and anxiety rendered in diamond sharp prose with barely a wasted word. . . It deserves to be on every prize longlist this year * i * Sauma has the horrors of the workplace nailed with satirical precision * Sunday Times Culture * Weird, wonderful and beautifully written * Daily Mail * Her writing is beautiful * Rachel Seiffert, author of Dark Room and A Boy in Winter * What Sauma captures so excellently is the low level anxiety that hums through everyday life * Telegraph * Tinged with melancholy and yearning, this novel is wry and frequently beautiful, and its culmination is surprising and deeply moving * Guardian * Courageous, haunting, and beautiful-with EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED, Luiza Sauma takes us on a breathtaking voyage through both the farthest reaches of space and the innermost depths of the human soul -- Peng Shepherd, author of 'The Book of M' A daring and original novel that asks profound questions about the way we live today whilst being simultaneously playful and fun. Sauma is brilliant at nailing the details of contemporary life in a way that is recognisable to anyone who has suffered the mundanity of office jobs. -- Laura Kaye, author of 'English Animals' Everything You Ever Wanted is so sharp-eyed about our hidden hopes and tiny hypocrisies. Even the most fantastical elements feel painfully, perfectly true. I'd follow Sauma's voice down any wormhole -- Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of 'Harmless Like You' Uplifting, unputdownable and mordantly funny, Everything You Ever Wanted is the dystopian beach read you didn't know you needed. It's a love letter to London from outer space. It's both a speculative dystopian drama and a deadpan office satire. It's a brilliantly relatable and ambitious ode to the humdrum and the sublime; a truly original novel that captures the pleasures and displeasures of modern, earthly life. -- Sharlene Teo, author of 'Ponti' Sauma's wondrous novel could not be more timely. Captures the era of social media addiction and status anxiety perfectly. . . . with echoes of The Truman Show and 1984 * The Gloss * Everything You Ever Wanted is one of the most original and urgent novels I've read this year. Sauma dives under the skin of the way we live now and makes it into an astonishing new shape. Funny, heart-breaking and thought-provoking - a novel that talks about all the things we are most afraid to talk about. Read it! -- Clare Fisher , author 'All the Good Things' Beautifully written . . . Everything You Ever Wanted explores our current obsession with a meaningful life * Bookseller * An important and poignant novel that captures the ennui, panic and stubborn optimism of the zeitgeist with spirit, humour and a fearless portrayal of human truth -- Helen Cullen, author of 'The Lost Letters of William Woolf' Every now and then, a book comes along and pins down the wild thoughts that have been circling around in your brain as you question the meaning of your life in the bath at midnight. Manages to sensitively unpack the frustrations of modern life while appreciating how funny the banality of it all is * Refinery29 * Sauma skewers the falsities and disappointments of contemporary life and work with rare sensitivity, unfolding an evocative narrative of unearthly escape. I loved it -- Megan Hunter, author of 'The End We Start From'

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