Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead


Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

Emily Austin

RRP: £12.99
8 July 2021
ISBN: 9781838950088

Fans of Exciting Times will devour this funny and original literary debut about the unintentional consequences of anxiety and the relentless pressures of modern life, starring the most unforgettable literary creation since Eleanor Oliphant and Fleabag.

Meet Gilda. She cannot stop thinking about death. Desperate for relief from her anxious mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local church and finds herself abruptly hired to replace the deceased receptionist Grace. It’s not the most obvious job – she’s queer and an atheist for starters – and so in between trying to learn mass, hiding her new maybe-girlfriend and conducting an amateur investigation into Grace’s death, Gilda must avoid revealing the truth of her mortifying existence.

A blend of warmth, deadpan humour, and pitch-perfect observations about the human condition, Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead is a crackling exploration of what it takes to stay afloat in a world where your expiration – and the expiration of those you love – is the only certainty.

  • A highly original debut from a new literary talent, in which an anxious young woman unintentionally lands a job at a Catholic church and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation whilst trying to hide her atheism and sexuality.
  • This sharp yet relatable summer lead title will appeal to readers of millennial literary fiction like Exciting Times and The New Me, as well as voice-led commercial novels such as Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Rosie Project.
  • Gilda is an iconic female protagonist with a unique narrative voice and worldview: through her we discover the absurdities of a life with anxiety, and take a journey through her thoughts as she scrutinizes her experiences of dating, religion, family and the perils of amateur detective work.
  • One of The Bookseller’s ‘Debuts of Frankfurt 2020’ – this novel is already tipped by the trade, and will be supported with a major publicity and marketing campaign

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