Saraband brings forward Morrison's 'ultimate plague-year read'

Saraband brings forward Morrison's 'ultimate plague-year read'

Saraband is bringing forward the publication of Ewan Morrison’s new novel, How To Survive Everything, in response to the latest UK lockdown.

Originally scheduled for the summer, the book will now be released on 1st March, marked with a virtual launch from a "secret prepper bunker".

Described as a "pandemic satire", the novel tells the story of a teenage girl and her brother, taken in secret by their father to a lockdown hideaway in the face of a coming pandemic. Separated from her mother, friends and the outside world, central character Haley has to navigate the "collapse of everything she knows".

The synopsis explains: "The multi-award-winning author of Nina X, Close Your Eyes, Swung and Tales from the Mall tackles fake news, preppers, family dysfunction, mental health and global political conspiracy in a biting satire wrapped in an electrifying thriller confronting the huge political and social issues of our time."

Saraband publisher Sara Hunt said: “This is the ultimate plague-year read: a thriller confronting huge global issues – disease, fake news, populism and mental health in crisis – within a dazzling, fast-paced page-turner that is also often funny. Ewan is one of the most inventive, provocative and acclaimed writers of his generation, and once again he’s created a powerful and unforgettable voice in a young protagonist.”

Morrison is a novelist, screenwriter and essayist. His 2019 novel, Nina X, was the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year and is currently being developed as a feature film. He has previously won the Scottish Book of the Year Fiction Prize (2013), Glenfiddich Scottish Writer of the Year (2012), and Not the Booker Prize (2012). His first feature film, an adaptation, was released in five territories in 2016, and he was a finalist for four internatio­­nal film awards. "American Blackout", a feature-length docudrama co-written by Morrison, reached an estimated audience of 28 million viewers. Morrison has also been nominated for three Scottish BAFTAs.

Commenting on the novel, he said: “As I was writing How to Survive Everything I was concerned about our polarised political world, populism and the problem of fake news. How can we know truth from lies? Who should we trust when we make life or death choices? And something much closer to home – what if we modern parents can no longer protect our families?”