Length: 272 Pages
A beautiful new planet
A meaningful new life
Are you ready?
'Her writing is beautiful' Rachel Seiffert, author of Dark Room and A Boy in Winter
'Uplifting, unputdownable and mordantly funny' Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
You wake up. You go to work. You don't go outside for twelve hours at a time. You have strategy meetings about how to use hashtags. After work you order expensive drink after expensive drink until you're so blackout drunk you can't remember the circumstances which have led you to waking up in bed with your colleague. The next day you stay in bed until the afternoon, scrolling through your social media feeds and wondering why everyone else seems to be achieving so much. Sometimes you don't get out of bed at all.
Then you hear about Life on Nyx, a programme that allows 100 lucky winners the chance to escape it all, move to another planet and establish a new way of life. One with meaning and purpose. One without Instagram and online dating. There's one caveat: if you go, you can never come back.
But you aren't worried about that.
After all, what on Earth could there possibly be to miss?
'I loved it' Megan Hunter
'Daring and original' Laura Kaye
'One of the most original and urgent novels I've read this year' Clare Fisher
'I'd follow Sauma's voice down any wormhole' Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
'Sublime' Otegha Uwagba
'Beautifully written' Bookseller
'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
Length: 272 Pages
Beautifully written . . . Everything You Ever Wanted explores our current obsession with a meaningful life
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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.
Luiza Sauma's debut novel is that rare thing: a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work.