How to Survive Everything: A Novel (Paperback)

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How to Survive Everything: A Novel (Paperback)

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“It's much too early to start naming the best pandemic novels of our uncanny reality, but I have a feeling that How to Survive Everything will be remembered as one of the greats.”
— Jordan Pulaski, Small Friend Records & Books, Richmond, VA

Longlisted for the 2021 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the 2021 Bookmark Book of the Year Prize

"One of the most provocative, intelligent and original novelists working in Britain today" (Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting) makes his American debut with this darkly comic and electrifyingly twisty thriller with echoes of Emily St. John Mandel, Lionel Shriver, and Richard Powers, in which a teenage girl and her brother are abducted by their survivalist father who believes the apocalypse has begun.

"An absolutely brilliant read."—Lucy Mangan, journalist and author of Are We Having Fun Yet?

"Hilarious, foreboding with all of the brilliance and brutality of life in between. Haley is the hero of our times—bold, bewitching, and superbly drawn. Her voice rang in my ears long after I reluctantly turned the last page."—Diane Cook, author of the Booker Prize nominated novel The New Wilderness

My name is Haley Cooper Crowe and I am in lockdown in a remote location I can’t tell you about.

Children of divorce, Haley and Ben live with their mother. But their dad believes there’s a new, much deadlier pandemic coming and is determined to keep them alive. He wants to take them to his prepper hideaway where they will be safe from other people. NOW. But there’s no way their mother will go along with his plan. Saving them requires extreme measures.

Kidnapped by their father and confined to his compound far off the grid, Haley and Ben have no contact with the outside world. How can they save their mother? Will they make it out alive? Is the threat real—or is this all just a dark fantasy brought on by their conspiracy obsessed father’s warped imagination?

Propulsive and chilling in its realism, How to Survive Everything is the story of a world imploding; a teenage girl’s record for negotiating the collapse of everything she knows—including her family and sanity.

Ewan Morrison is a multiaward–winning novelist, screenwriter, and essayist. His novel Nina X won the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year and is being made into a feature film.


Product Details ISBN: 9780063247321
ISBN-10: 0063247321
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 368
Language: English

"Hilarious, foreboding with all of the brilliance and brutality of life in between. Haley is the hero of our times—bold, bewitching, and superbly drawn. Her voice rang in my ears long after I reluctantly turned the last page." — Diane Cook, author of the Booker Prize nominated novel The New Wilderness

"One of the most provocative, intelligent and original novelists working in Britain today." — Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

"What an extraordinarily wonderful and daring novel this is. It questions everything we are supposed to hold dear - truth, family, love, the purpose of life itself. Through the shallow thinking and petty bickerings of his hopeless, ever hopeful, messed-up, insanely normal characters, Ewan Morrison tells a story with profound implications for us all. Claustrophobic, horrifying, frightening, intriguing, wise and daft, it’s a book full of sadness and humor and, even at its craziest, of great beauty.”
James Robertson, winner of the Sir Walter Scott Prize

"A terrific thriller . . . puts a very contemporary dysfunctional family at the heart of a very contemporary dystopian reality." — Lynda Obst, producer of Interstellar

“Stylishly crisp, thematically germane—and great fun.”  — Lionel Shriver, journalist and author of We Need to Talk about Kevin and Should We Stay or Should We Go

"I wasn’t sure there could be a great pandemic novel. Here it is." — Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels

"This is an absolutely brilliant read." — Lucy Mangan, journalist and author of Are We Having Fun Yet?

"What an extraordinarily wonderful and daring novel this is. It questions everything we are supposed to hold dear - truth, family, love, the purpose of life itself. Through the shallow thinking and petty bickerings of his hopeless, ever hopeful, messed-up, insanely normal characters, Ewan Morrison tells a story with profound implications for us all. Claustrophobic, horrifying, frightening, intriguing, wise and daft, it’s a book full of sadness and humor and, even at its craziest, of great beauty." — James Robertson, author of News of the Dead

How To Survive Everything is a gritty and (tragically) cool novel. The collision of a broken family and a global pandemic, it reads as a survival guide and feels like (is) a warning.” — David Shields, internationally bestselling author

"I loved everything about [this book] . . . the voice, the world, the humour, the darkness . . . Read now, thank me later..." — Antonia Senior, journalist and author of The Tyrant's Shadow

"A brilliant, intriguing, harrowing, illuminating story." — Tim Minchin, comedian, actor, composer, and songwriter

"Urgent and exciting, harnessing our current global anxiety with a beautifully observed family drama." — Atom Egoyan, director and filmmaker

“A complex, thought-provoking drama about fake news, real fears and frayed family ties . . . both exciting and terrifying . . . a bold and compelling book by a writer whose creative risks continue to pay huge dividends.” — The Herald (Scotland)

"Morrison has concocted an adventurous plot, full of desperate escape attempts and violent confrontations." — New York Times Book Review

“[An] outstanding if often disturbing thriller . . .Morrison succeeds in making readers empathize with Haley even as she admires the “genius” underlying her father’s criminal behavior. This elegantly conceived and written novel provides an unforgettable interrogation of whether coming to terms with one’s own family always involves a degree of insanity. Morrison is a writer to watch.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)