A mesmerising debut set in a not-too-distant future, in a landscape at once utterly fantastic and strangely familiar.
Steven Amsterdam was born in New York and has worked as a map editor, producer's assistant, and a pastry chef. He has lived in Melbourne, Australia since 2003, where he works as a writer and palliative care nurse. His debut novel, Things We Didn't See Coming, won The Age Book of the Year in Australia and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
A memorable debut...[and a] gleefully apocalyptic novel... as ever
with this kind of dystopian fiction, there is a satisfying tingle
in imagining an Armageddon just round the corner. But Amsterdam
also gives his book an emotional heart -- Adrian Turpin * Financial
What makes Things We Didn't See Coming such an impressive novel - and very impressive debut - is the playfulness of the writing contrasted to the grimness of the subject matter -- Christopher Potter * Sunday Times *
Rarely has the darkness of life been looked at with such buoyant irony, imaginative grace and disarming ardour. Read it once and then read it twice -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times *
A small marvel, overflowing with ideas. Scary, funny, shocking and touching by turns -- Justine Jordan * Guardian *
Here's that rare thing - a post-apocalypse novel that's more than doom and gloom. A treat to read - playful, intelligent and intriguing * Daily Mail *