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Everything You Ever Wanted


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A beautiful new planet. A meaningful new life. Are you ready?

About the Author

Luiza Sauma was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in London. Her first novel, Flesh and Bone and Water, received widespread critical acclaim and she was listed by the Telegraph as one of their 'ones to watch' for 2017. Luiza worked at the Independent on Sunday for several years before becoming a novelist. She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she won the Pat Kavanagh Award.


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'*

Every now and then, a book comes along and pins down the wild thoughts that have been circling around in your brain as you question the meaning of your life in the bath at midnight. Manages to sensitively unpack the frustrations of modern life while appreciating how funny the banality of it all is

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'*

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

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'*

Sauma's wondrous novel could not be more timely. Captures the era of social media addiction and status anxiety perfectly. . . . with echoes of The Truman Show and 1984
*The Gloss*

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'*

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'*

A daring and original novel that asks profound questions about the way we live today whilst being simultaneously playful and fun. Sauma is brilliant at nailing the details of contemporary life in a way that is recognisable to anyone who has suffered the mundanity of office jobs.
*Laura Kaye, author of 'English Animals'*

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'*

Tinged with melancholy and yearning, this novel is wry and frequently beautiful, and its culmination is surprising and deeply moving

What Sauma captures so excellently is the low level anxiety that hums through everyday life

Her writing is beautiful
*Rachel Seiffert, author of Dark Room and A Boy in Winter*

Weird, wonderful and beautifully written
*Daily Mail*

Sauma has the horrors of the workplace nailed with satirical precision
*Sunday Times Culture*

Absorbing and ambitious. Filled with sharp observations about the way in which we live now, Everything You Ever Wanted is both an acute satire of our social-media dominated times, and a haunting examination of depression and anxiety rendered in diamond sharp prose with barely a wasted word. . . It deserves to be on every prize longlist this year

For fans of Black Mirror

Millennial angst meets sci-fi

*Otegha Uwagba, author of 'The Little Black Book'*

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