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How I Live Now

by Meg Rosoff

Fifteen-year-old New Yorker Daisy thinks she knows all about love. Her mother died giving birth to her, and now her dad has sent her away for the summer, to live in the English countryside with cousins she’s never even met.

There she’ll discover what real love is: something violent, mysterious and wonderful.  There her world will be turned upside down and a perfect summer will explode into a million bewildering pieces.

How will Daisy live then?

Winner, Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

“A daring, wise, and sensitive look at the complexities of being young in a world teetering on chaos, Rosoff’s poignant exploration of perseverance in the face of the unknown is a timely lesson for us all.”  People Magazine

“This riveting first novel paints a frighteningly realistic picture of a world war breaking out in the 21st century . . . Readers will emerge from the rubble much shaken, a little wiser, and with perhaps a greater sense of humanity.”  Publishers Weekly, Starred

“That rare, rare thing, a first novel with a sustained, magical and utterly faultless voice. After five pages, I knew she could persuade me to believe anything.” Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“Readers will remain absorbed to the very end by this unforgettable and original story.”  The Bulletin, Starred

“Powerful and engaging . . . a likely future classic.”  The Observer 

“A crunchily perfect knock-out of a debut novel.”  The Guardian 


05 August, 2004

About Meg Rosoff

Meg was born in Boston, USA but now lives in Highbury, London with her husband, the painter Paul Hamlyn, and their daughter Gloria. How I Live Now was Meg Rosoff's debut novel, which won the Guardian and Branford Boase Awards and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for New Fiction as well as the Whitbread. It garnered the sort of rave acclaim most writers only ever dream of. Since How I Live Now, Meg has gone on to write several award-winning books for teenagers including Just in CaseWhat I Was and The Bride's Farewell. She has also written Jumpy Jack and GoogilyMeet Wild Boars and Wild Boars Cook for very young children.

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