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Everything Is Beautiful and Everything Hurts
Everything Is Beautiful and Everything Hurts

Everything Is Beautiful and Everything Hurts


288 Pages, 6.02 x 9.21

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $17.99 (CA $23.99) (US $17.99)

Publication Date: May 2024

ISBN 9781991006448

Rights: US & CA

Allen & Unwin (May 2024)
A&U New Zealand


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The stunning debut novel by the winner of the Allen & Unwin Commercial Fiction Prize. If you loved Lessons in Chemistry and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, you will adore Everything Is Beautiful and Everything Hurts.

Mickey Bloom: five foot tall, dyslexic, and bullied at school. Mickey knows she's nothing special. Until one day, she discovers running.

Mickey's new-found talent makes her realize she's everything she thought she wasn't - powerful, strong and special. But her success comes at a cost, and the relentless training and pressure to win leaves Mickey broken, her dream in tatters.

Years later, when Mickey is working in a dead-end job with a drop-kick boyfriend, her mother becomes seriously ill. After nursing her, Mickey realizes the only way she can overcome her grief - and find herself - is to run again.

A chance encounter with a stranger sees Mickey re-ignite her dreams. The two women form an unbreakable bond, as Mickey is shown what it means to run in the right direction.

An unforgettable debut novel about change, family and grit, and what it takes to achieve your dreams.


'It is both a portrait of an athlete subjected to the male gaze for whom only the result counts, an account of a domination that could be followed by acts of sexual aggression, and a magnificent description of what it really means to run a marathon, in the overcoming of pain, in the terrible effort demanded, in the pleasure one derives from it ...This is THE novel that allows us to understand this very special sport. We were caught up in the beauty of this text about a young sportswoman, who runs without us knowing whether she is running or chasing something, but who feels she exists in this effort. It quite simply fascinated us.' - Constance Trapenard, Editions JC Lattes

"As an avowed non runner, it's remarkable that I loved this as much as I did, which is a testimony to the power and quality of the writing. . . . . Mickey Bloom stole my heart and this is truly a book to love. - Joan's Picks, Whitcoulls

"A rollercoaster, heart-in-the-mouth read that deposits you in the pain, ache and joy of both running and living. Mickey Bloom is a memorable character that will get under your skin, with her doubts and her struggles, her recognitions and her learning leaps. This book will linger with me for a long time. - Paula Green, Kete Books

"The journey of underdog competitive runner Mickey Bloom is one of ambition and catastrophe before it comes sweet with recovery and growth. In this commercially appealing, carefully held book, the author is doing something subversive. I clung to this story in a way that both surprised and, at the risk of sounding schmaltzy, healed me." - Claire Mabey, The Spinoff

Author Biography

Josie Shapiro has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland, where she was awarded a Wallace Arts Scholarship for her work.

Her writing has appeared in journals and anthologies, and she writes book reviews for New Zealand Listener, the Academy of New Zealand Literature and

She lives with her husband and two daughters in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.