Greyhound Literary

All Her Princes Shall Be Nothing

Adult •
Fiction Literary Fiction

All Her Princes Shall Be Nothing is a novel about mothering, midwifery, wolves, post-apocalyptic feminism, gold, hope, hunger, Streatham, Cuba, pregnancy, theft, body hair, bicycles and peacocks being bastards. Truffles and lightning. Sex on boats. Being bold and being safe. It's about the porousness of the female bodily experience, the challenges of being an empiricist with a sample size of one, what's worth knowing and what's worth living and the necessity of irrationality. It's about an underachieving millennial, a retired midwife and an Irish Rastafarian who set out from London after the end of the world to cycle to a sanctuary in the southern Alps. And it's about the fact that the thing about the end of the world is that it happens all the time.

It's a novel to satisfy readers of Megan Hunter’s THE END WE START FROM or Louise Erdrich’s FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD. The novel has already garnered this advance praise:

‘Gethan’s artistic eye for detail, her ability to connect the everyday with the existential, has resulted in an original and lyrical piece of work. All Her Princes Shall Be Nothing is a compelling statement in these strange times, and unlike anything I’ve read in recent memory.’ – Johny Pitts, presenter of R4’s ‘A Good Read’ and author of Afropean

The spectrum of themes that interests Gethan is vast, generous, funny, resistant and alive.’ – Valérie Manteau, novelist and winner of the Prix Renaudot

All Her Princes Shall Be Nothing brings a much-needed new voice and energy to the post-apocalyptic novel. The world that Gethan creates is equally strange and familiar but always thought-provoking.’ – Jarred McGinnis, author of The Coward


'Bristling with energy, Gethan Dick’s All Her Princes Shall Be Nothing is an original and vital perspective on much more than how a world ends: on how it begins.' -- Oana Aristide, author of Under the Blue