Reviews

  • Beautifully written . . . Everything You Ever Wanted explores our current obsession with a meaningful life

    Bookseller
  • I read it quickly one weekend, engrossed in Iris's story. 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'
  • 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'
  • 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'
  • 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'
  • Sublime

    Otegha Uwagba, author of 'The Little Black Book'
  • 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'
  • 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'
  • An arresting debut about memory and trauma. In this respect and others, it resembles Julian Barnes's Man Booker-winner, The Sense of an Ending.

    Daily Telegraph on 'Flesh and Bone and Water'
  • Luiza Sauma's debut novel is that rare thing: a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work.

    Anita Shreve on 'Flesh and Bone and Water'