Everyone is Watching

4.16 based on 30 ratings & 7 reviews on Goodreads.com

'Beautiful, kaleidoscopic . . . everyone should be watching Megan Bradbury from now on' Eimear McBride, Baileys Prize-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

New York: A city that inspires. A city that draws people in. A city where everyone is watching, waiting to see what will happen next.

1967. Robert Mapplethorpe knows he is an artist. From his childhood home in Queens he yearns for the heat and excitement of the city, the press of other people's bodies. He wants to be watched, he wants to be known.

1891. Walt Whitman has already found fame, and has settled into his own sort of old age. Still childlike, still passionate, he travels with his friend and biographer Bucke to the city he has always adored, the scene of his greatest triumphs and rejections.

1922. Robert Moses is a man with a vision. Standing on the edge of Long Island he knows what it could become. Walking down a street in Brooklyn he sees its future. He is the man who will build modern New York.

2013. Edmund White is back in New York. It's the city of his youth, of his life and loves. He remembers days of lazy pleasure, nights of ecstasy and euphoria. But years have gone by since then.

Everyone is Watching is a novel about the men and women who have defined New York. Through the lives and perspectives of these great creators, artists and thinkers, and through other iconic works of art that capture its essence, New York itself solidifies. Complex, rich, sordid, tantalizing, it is constantly changing and evolving. Both intimate and epic in its sweep, Everyone is Watching is a love letter to New York and its people - past, present and future.

An impressively original debut . . . Everyone is Watching manages to be both intimate and epic at the same time - quite an achievement
The Bookseller
New York City as a creative catalyst is an enticing subject matter and one that receives a delightfully unexpected treatment in Bradbury's elegant debut
A short book with a big bold sweep. It pulses with the life of the great city and rattles along with its energy.
Daily Mail

About Megan Bradbury

Megan Bradbury was born in the United States and grew up in Britain. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She was awarded the Charles Pick Fellowship at UEA and she won an Escalator Literature Award and a Grant for the Arts to help fund the completion of her first novel, Everyone is Watching.

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Garth Greenwell appears in the Picador Showcase event at Durham Book Festival

Garth Greenwell appears in the Picador Showcase event at Durham Book Festival

Gala Theatre Studio

Gala Theatre Studio
Millennium Place Durham, DH1 1WA UNITED KINGDOM

18:15 on 11 October 2016 - 18:15 on 11 October 2016

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Meet some of the most exciting new voices in fiction and hear Garth Greenwell, Megan Bradbury and Hannah Kohler read from their brilliant debut novels and learn more about their journeys to publication. Chaired by fellow Picador author and journalist Cathy Rentzenbrink.