Enid is many things: lesbian, serial dater, deaf in one ear, space obsessive, true crime fanatic. When she's not listening to grizzly murder podcasts, she's managing her crippling phobia of bald people and trying hard not to think about her mortifying teenage years - which is hard, when she's lost the password to her old YouTube account and the (many) vlogs that her teen self once uploaded. She's worried about herself, her depressive mother, and what the deal is with gender reveal parties. But as Enid fumbles her way through her first serious relationship and navigates a new family life with her estranged half-sisters, she starts to worry that someone is following her. As her paranoia spirals out of control, Enid must contend with her mounting suspicion that something is seriously wrong with her...
Full of charm, humour and heart, Interesting Facts About Space is a pitch-perfect exploration of the strange ways we try to connect with others, and the power of sharing our secret selves with the people we love.
Emily Austin has such a talent for weaving together the darkest of shadows with the most dazzling of lights, and Interesting Facts About Space delivers her signature blend of eccentric wit and a healthy pinch of the macabre with aplomb - and I'm so here for it. Another absolute banger * Alice Slater, author of DEATH OF A BOOKSELLER *
I adore Emily's writing, perfectly capturing the precise and insistent peculiarities of the anxious mind while also managing to be funny, warm and utterly heartbreaking. Interesting Facts About Space is a triumph * Laura Kay, author of WILD THINGS *
Enid is the perfect neurotic queer heroine. Interesting Facts About Space is distinctive, laugh-out-loud funny and thrillingly tense. I loved this book. * Lily Lindon, author of MY OWN WORST ENEMY *
Emily Austin has done it again! I love how her quirky dark humor reveals both the absurdity and relatability of the human condition. Enid is undoubtedly a charmingly eccentric Emily AustinT protagonist: her greatest fear is bald men, her love language is sharing interesting facts about space, her coping mechanism is listening to true crime podcasts, and her secret is that she thinks she has a parasite that makes her a bad person. Fellow parasite-host readers will be both entertained and consoled by where the story goes. * Celia Laskey, author of SO HAPPY FOR YOU *
Tensely plotted and full of heart, Emily Austin's second novel follows another endearing heroine I'd follow to outer space and beyond. * Anna Dorn, author of EXALTED *
A vibrantly paranoid mystery and an unexpected love story. Emily Austin creates beguilingly eccentric characters, especially true crime addict and outer space encyclopedia Enid, who's both oddly confident and yearning to disappear... Highly original, engrossing and hauntingly entertaining. * Paul Rudnick, author of FARRELL COVINGTON AND THE LIMITS OF STYLE *
If you've read Emily Austin's debut, Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead, you'll love this charming, heartfelt follow-up. If you haven't read her debut, I'm jealous: everything Austin writes is swoonworthy, full of lovely humans struggling to find meaning, love, and belonging in a world that's too often cold. Enid is a marvel. * Andrew David MacDonald, author of WHEN WE WERE VIKINGS *
Wow, just wow. Emily Austin gets better and better! Interesting Facts About Space is a delightful, big-hearted book that made me laugh and think about all the ways in which we convince ourselves we're too weird for this world-and yet it's the most human thing anyone can do. An absolute charmer of a novel! * Mai Nguyen, author of SUNSHINE NAILS *
Emily Austin is the patron saint of Sad Girls With Too Many Feelings, and masterful at finding and revealing the universal story in an achingly specific situation. * Nora McInerny, author of BAD VIBES ONLY *
Dark humor has so much to teach us about the beauty and absurdity of the human condition, and the risk this book's charming heroine takes to open her fragile and flawed self to love contains a life lesson for us all. * Courtney Maum, author of THE YEAR OF THE HORSES *
Absorbing, insightful and humorous - a story about mental health, difference, and phobia, as well as family, friendship and love. This book has everything. * Gillian Harvey, author of A YEAR AT THE FRENCH FARMHOUSE *
Dimensions: 224mm x 140mm x 30mm