All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai will be featured on the Radio 2 Book Club on Monday 6 March.
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All Our Wrong Todays
You know the future that people in the ‘50s imagined? Flying cars, teleportation, jetpacks and moon bases? Well, it happened. And it was just as great as we hoped it would be.
It’s 2016 and in Tom’s world, technology has solved all of humanity’s problems – there’s no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocados. Unfortunately, Tom isn’t happy. He’s lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you’re heartbroken and have access to a time machine? Something very stupid indeed.
Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate reality – which we immediately recognise as our 2016, the all-too-familiar real world –Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who might just be the love of his life. Now Tom faces an impossible choice.
Does he try to undo his mess and fix the flow of history? Or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable universe? Tom has to save the world. But which world will he choose?
Selection panel review
The book was selected with the help of a panel made up of staff from The Reading Agency and public libraries from across the UK. The panel loved All Our Wrong Todays – here are some of their comments:
“This is one of the best sci-fi books that I’ve ever read. It’s genuinely hilarious throughout, for one thing, as well as containing one of the simplest and best concepts for an alternative-universe story that I’ve come across.”
“This is an incredibly imaginative story about time travel and parallel worlds. I started off thinking I would hate it, as I don’t like science fiction, but the main character Tom’s voice was engaging, and it was witty with lots of good dialogue.”
About the author
Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies and his credits include the award-winning script for What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. He is currently developing the screenplay for All Our Wrong Todays which has been optioned by Paramount with producer Amy Pascal on board. All Our Wrong Todays is Elan’s debut novel.
A word from Elan
“The Radio 2 Book Club is pretty much the gold standard for book lovers the world over. There’s no better way to learn more about the latest work by the authors I already adore, but especially to find out about the terrific upcoming debuts everyone will be talking about in the months to come. To have my first novel chosen to sit on the Radio 2 ‘shelf’ alongside some of my favourite novelists is an absolute thrill.”
Tune in to Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show on Monday 6 March to hear a live interview with Elan.
You can see what other readers thought or add the book to your group’s reading list.