How I Live Now (Popular Penguin)

Author(s): Meg Rosoff


This award winning novel will soon be released as a movie starring Saoirse Ronan as Daisy.


Fifteen-year-old New Yorker Daisy is sent to live in the English countryside with cousins she's never even met. When England is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy, the cousins find themselves on their own. Power fails, system fail. As they grow more isolated, the farm becomes a kind of Eden, with no rules. Until the war arrives in their midst.
Daisy's is a war story, a survival story, a love story--all told in the voice of a subversive and witty teenager. This book crackles with anxiety and with lust. It's a stunning and unforgettable first novel that captures the essence of the age of terrorism: how we live now.


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While the plot itself is dramatic enough – England circa 2005 is thrown into war and desolation – it is the voice of this novel which is its real strength; it is one of the most captivating narrative voices I’ve read for years. It’s a kind of stream-of-consciousness in which beautiful imagery, teenage snark and raw emotion all reside in a way that feels totally realistic. This mesmerising book would be a great read for fans of John Marsden’s Tomorrow series, and although it is a YA novel I think it is equally fascinating for adult readers too. 

Greer, The Book Grocer 

Meg was born in Boston, USA but now lives in Highbury, London with her husband, the painter Paul Hamlyn, and their daughter Gloria. How I Live Now was Meg Rosoff's debut novel, which won the Guardian and Branford Boase Awards and was short-listed 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.' Since How I Live Now, Meg has gone on to write several award-winning books for teenagers including Just in Case, What I Was and The Bride's Farewell. She has also written Jumpy Jack and Googily, Meet Wild Boars and Wild Boars Cook for very young children and a special pocket money Puffin called Vamoose! Visit Meg's website at Keep up to date and visit Meg's blog.

General Fields

  • : 9780141045474
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 0.1
  • : June 2009
  • : 18.10 cmmm X 11.40 cmmm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Meg Rosoff
  • : Paperback
  • : 609
  • : en
  • : FIC
  • : 228