Bodily Speaking

Sarah Rigby

  • Everything You Know by Zoë Heller
    Viking, 198 pp, £9.99, June 1999, ISBN 0 670 88557 6

Willy Muller, the 50-year-old narrator of Everything You Know, confides at the beginning of the novel that he doesn’t understand his girlfriend’s attachment to him. He treats her badly, but she won’t be shaken off. ‘Her stoicism would be understandable if I had money or charm or an enormous penis,’ he says. ‘But I have none of these things. It’s odd.’

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