Things We Didn't See Coming

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Harvill Secker, 2010 - Disaster - 199 pages
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'Things We Didn't See Coming' follows a man over three decades as he tries to survive - and to retain his humanity - in a world savaged by successive cataclysmic events. Opening on the eve of the millennium, when the world is still recognisable, the then nine-year-old narrator fleeing the city with his parents, just ahead of a Y2K breakdown of the grid which signals the world's transformation and decline. In the wake of this develop strange, sometimes horrific, sometimes unexpectedly funny circumstances as he goes about the no longer simple act of survival - trying to protect squatters against floods in a place where the rains never stop; harrassed (and possibly infected) by a man wracked with plague; functioning as a salaried embezzler of 'the state'; and escorting the gravely ill on adventure trips.

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About the author (2010)

Steven Amsterdam was born on January 31, 1966 in Manhattan, New York. He has edited travel guides and designed book jackets. He is the author of What the Family Needed. His book, Things We Didn't See Coming, won The Age Book of the Year Award, among other honors. He is also a nurse, specializing in psychiatric and palliative care.

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