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HOW TO SURVIVE EVERYTHING
A Darkly Comic
My dad taught us to be prepared for whatever was coming. He said we should know the facts about how long we could survive without food, water or fresh air, and to remember that we couldn’t live at all without hope. It was better, he said, to be ahead of the game. Better to be ten years too early than one minute too late.
That’s why he did what he did, on that morning …
Inspired by her father’s advance planning and her own ingenuity and courage, this is one teenage girl’s survival guide for navigating life under a new, even more deadly pandemic from the confines of a survivalist compound. Will she ride out the collapse of everything she knows, and how can she save her family – and sanity?
HOW TO SURVIVE EVERYTHING is being developed as a 6 part TV series with Made Up Stories, Fifth Season & Kindling Pictures
HOW TO SURVIVE EVERYTHING
“[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.”
“An entertaining tale of doom with clever plot twists and grotesque humour"
Berlingske - Denmark. **** review
“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 humour and, even at its craziest, of great beauty.”
“This is a seriously excellent novel.”
“I wasn’t sure there could be a great pandemic novel.
Here it is.”
“A brilliant, intriguing, harrowing, illuminating story.
Says as much about conspiracy thinking and information-quicksand and paranoia as it does about pandemics, technology and human apathy.”
“ The funniest thing about this book is that it is funny... It takes a novelist as humane and wry as Morrison to find in (survivalism) a very weird redemption. A skewed comedy of manners — as if The Good Life had been rewritten by George A. Romero. The novel’s ingenuity... is in keeping the reader on tiptoes.”
Stuart Kelly, THE SPECTATOR
“A terrific and gripping story… a masterclass in storytelling … echoes of Salinger’s Holden Caulfield … Haley is a triumph … often very funny … It’s unusual for a dystopian novel to be rich in humanity, but this one is. … Morrison has been recognised as the best or certainly most interesting Scottish novelist of his generation, and this is the best book he has yet written.”
Allan Massie, Scotsman
“Exciting and terrifying … bouts of black comedy … a bold and compelling book by a writer whose creative risks … pay huge dividends.”
Malcolm Forbes, The Herald
“A riot to read….occasionally extremely funny, the plot twists and turns at a spanking pace.”
Charlotte Metcalf, Breakout Culture
"Urgent and exciting, harnessing our current global anxiety with a beautifully observed family drama."
“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.”
“Acutely realised and perfectly pitched … poignant, heart-rending and hilarious … This is a beautiful book in many ways … an exploration of love in all its guises, emerging, enduring, failed, set against an all too real dystopian setting, full of broken people trying to endure. Highly recommended.”
The Literary Shed
“One of our best living authors, his voice is unique, his style is magnificent and his imagination knows no bounds … Terrifying and harrowing, yet also deeply touching … Most certainly a novel of our time. One that will stay with me, and haunt me.”
Anne Cater, Random Things Through My Letterbox
“Brilliant. A thrilling conspiracy story [with] gallows humour. The story is rich in allusion and multiple meanings which makes it such a delight to read. The narrative voice is so powerful, original and immediate.”
Claire Dobbin. Chair - Melbourne International Film Festival.
“A terrific read... a family drama unlike any other. Absolutely, a novel for our times. There are few people who write better about the family and relationships…if anyone was going to write a great lockdown novel it was going to be Ewan Morrison. Dark and detailed... an exceptional novel.”
Alistair Braidwood. Scots Wha Hae.