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How I Live Now

Written by Meg Rosoff

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This is a special Movie Tie-in edition of How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff's debut novel originally published by Penguin in 2004. It won the Guardian and Branford Boase Awards and was shortlisted 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. Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, championed it right from the beginning, saying, 'That rare, rare thing, a first novel with a sustained, magical and utterly faultless voice. After five pages I knew that she could persuade me to believe almost anything.'

At heart a story about falling in love, How I Live Now captures the confusion of adolescence especially at a time when the world is turned upside down. When Daisy first arrives in England she falls in love with a new way of life and also, passionately, with her cousin Edmund. When war breaks out, the two teenagers are swept apart. Everyone is struggling for survival. Daisy and Edmund both come through but while Daisy copes with the altered state of things, Edmund’s suffering when his world implodes changes him. He loses a part of himself that can never be replaced. How I Live Now subtly charts a jagged journey of finding out which captures the confusion of adolescence, especially when the world is turned upside down.

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How I Live Now Synopsis

How I Live Now is an original and poignant book by Meg Rosoff, now a film tie-in edition!

How I Live Now is the powerful and engaging story of Daisy, the precocious New Yorker and her English cousin Edmond, torn apart as war breaks out in London, from the multi award-winning Meg Rosoff. How I Live Now has been adapted for the big screen by Kevin Macdonald, starring Saoirse Ronan as Daisy and releases in 2013. Fifteen-year-old 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?

Meg Rosoff's best-selling, prize-winning novel will be brought to life on the big screen this October.

Directed by Academy Award winner, Kevin Macdonald (best know for directing Bafta and Oscar winning The Last King of Scotland and Touching the Void), and starring Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, Harley Bird and Anna Chancellor, the movie will be released in the UK on 4th October 2013.  

To keep up with the film news and gossip visit the How I Live Now Movie facebook page.

How I Live Now Press Reviews

Daring, wise, and sensitive People magazine Powerful and engaging ...a likely future classic The Observer

Fresh, honest, rude, funny. I put it down with tears on my face Julie Myerson, Guardian

Assured, powerful, engaging ...you will want to read everything that Rosoff is capable of writing Observer

An unforgettable adventure  Sunday Times

Rarely does a writer come up with a first novel so assured, so powerful and engaging that you can be pretty sure that you will want to read everything that this author is capable of writing...this is a powerful novel: timeless and luminous. Observer

How I Live Now is outstanding – as a commentary on contemporary problems, as a superb story of love and war, and as a way of introducing those on the threshold of adulthood to the perils and passions of moral responsibility.'Times

There are some pretty good children's novels out there, but it is only occasionally that one comes along with a voice so stridently pure and direct and funny that you simply can't question it. . .If E Nesbit were alive and well and had teamed up with Philip Roth to write for children, there's a chance they might have come up with How I Live Now.  Guardian

From the first page of How I Live Now the reader is in thrall to a remarkable narrative voice – possibly the most affective since Cassandra in I Capture the Castle... Readers won't just read this book, they will let it possess them.  Sunday Telegraph

Meg Rosoff has a wonderfully original voice and she understands perfectly the tension that can be created between what is written and what is left unsaid. Mail on Sunday

An incredible first novel, not so much a book that you read, as one you become part of and you'll never forget. I loved it. Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780141346564
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141318011
Publication date: 30/06/2005
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141346564
Publication date: 5th September 2013
Author: Meg Rosoff
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Bookshelf Essentials

About Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff worked in publishing, journalism, politics and advertising before writing How I Live Now. Her books have won or been shortlisted for 18 international book prizes, including the Carnegie Medal and the Orange First Novel Prize, and been translated into over 20 languages. In 2016, Meg was the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest children’s literature award. She lives in London with her family and two dogs. Click here to read a Q&A with the author's Good Dog McTavish. Click here to read more about Meg Rosoff.

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