How To Survive Everything

Thriller. Contraband. Published 01.03.2021

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?

Book trailer for How To Survive Everything. Contraband. 01.03.2021

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“I wasn’t sure there could be a great pandemic novel. Here it is.”

Ian Rankin, 26/2/21


“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 recognized 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 24/2/21

“One of the most provocative, intelligent and original novelists working in Britain today.” 


Irvine Welsh

 “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  6/03/21

“A riot to read….occasionally extremely funny, the plot twists and turns at a spanking pace.”


Charlotte Metcalf, Breakout Culture 24/2/21


"Urgent and exciting, harnessing our current global anxiety with a beautifully observed family drama."


Atom Egoyan


“Terrifying … a terrifically written thriller that puts a very contemporary dysfunctional family at the heart of a very contemporary dystopian reality.”


Lynda Obst, Producer of Interstellar


“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


“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, 02/03/2021


“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, March 1, 2021


 “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 Whe Hae. 6/3/21


Regular short Youtube videos by Ewan Morrison -

on subjects related to #HowToSurviveEverything

FROM THE BUNKER 1. (15 mins)  Ewan Morrison on the plot of the novel - the origins of the story - the book trailer clip - clips from American Blackout - a reading from the novel by Frances Colin - childhood memories of the Nuclear Apocalypse Fear and clips from Govt. Propaganda in the 1980s, with govt advice on bunker building from "Protect & Survive"

FROM THE BUNKER 2. (15 mins) Ewan Morrison on essential survivalist items, 50 uses for Duct tape - why the 1918 pandemic resulted in almost no culture - and some of the amazing changes that have come about in the way we interact because of Covid-19