Daisy Johnson

The youngest author to make the Man Booker Prize short list discusses her critically acclaimed debut novel centred on the awful, wonderful, terrifying mother-daughter relationship Everything Under.

SCI 105, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Tue 13 November 2018, 6:00-7:00pm


At 28 years old Daisy is the youngest novelist to be short listed for the Booker Prize. Everything Under turns the classical myth, Oedipus Rex, on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most. It is a story of family and identity, of fate, language, love and belonging that leaves you unsettled and unstrung.

Critically acclaimed ‘A deeply involving, unsettling novel that pulls the reader into a eerie yet recognisable world.” (Sunday Times), “Infused with dark fairy tale, Oedipal tragedy and Freudian desire, this is a brambly, atmospheric and immersive tale” (Ellen Wiles Times Literary Supplement). Val McDermid, one of the judges of this year’s Booker Man Prize’s said the novel is summarised by the word ‘fluidity’ in myth, story and in gender.

Daisy Johnson grew up in the Cambridgeshire Fens, and their influence on her writing is apparent, especially in her critically acclaimed short story collection Fen. Johnson has been described as a “new goddamn swaggering monster of fiction” (Lauren Groff).



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