Atlantic Books is offering guides to reading groups UK-wide for the critically-acclaimed novel Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin, out now in hardback and ebook, and available in paperback from 2nd June 2022.
‘Funny about death, real about anxiety, witty about the things that worry us the most’ Emma Gannon, author of Olive
‘So fundamentally kind that you can feel the warmth coming off each page’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days
Gilda 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.