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Bibliophile Book Club: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Sexy segueways, Freudian complexes and bad times on the canal, we could only be discussing the 2018 Man Booker shortlisted debut novel Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. What is the bonak? Can we ever avoid our fate? What will our booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan Taylor make of it?

It’s been sixteen years since Gretel last saw her mother, half a lifetime to forget her childhood on the canals. But a phone call will soon reunite them, and bring those wild years flooding back: the secret language that Gretel and her mother invented; the strange boy, Marcus, living on the boat that final winter; the creature said to be underwater, swimming ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but to wade deeper into their past, where family secrets and aged prophesies will all come tragically alive again.

Other Books Mentioned

  • Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes
  • The Vorrh by Brian Catling
  • Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz
  • Feebleminded by Ariana Harwicz
  • Fen by Daisy Johnson
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
  • Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
  • The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

The shortlist for next time on the Bibliophile Book Club…

  • The Sardinian Woman by Angela Carter (David)
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin