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Give Me Everything You Have

Give Me Everything You Have

On Being Stalked

James Lasdun

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


A true story of obsessive love turning to obsessive hate, Give Me Everything You Have chronicles the author's strange and harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student, a self-styled "verbal terrorist," who began trying, in her words, to "ruin him." Hate mail, online postings, and public accusations of plagiarism and sexual misconduct were her weapons of choice and, as with more conventional terrorist weapons, proved remarkably difficult to combat. James Lasdun's account, while terrifying, is told with compassion and humor, and brilliantly succeeds in turning a highly personal story into a profound meditation on subjects as varied as madness, race, Middle East politics, and the meaning of honor and reputation in the Internet age.

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In the Press

When novelist James Lasdun found himself the victim of a stalker, he had no way to stop it. Emma Garman on his terrifying new memoir. - The Daily Beast

A writing teacher describes his years-long ordeal as the object of a former student's hate-filled obsession - Salon

"Give Me Everything You Have" tells the agonising tale of how, after James Lasdun rejected one of his student's romantic advances, their mildly flirtatious exchange escalated into a prolonged -- and still ongoing (!) -- one-sided campaign of verbal terrorism against him. Most of it directed over the Internet. Traces of it still molder on websites like decaying uranium. - The Boston Globe

Animals caught in leg-hold traps have been known to go so far as to chew off their own limbs to get free. Ensnare a writer and he does his own versio - The B&N Review

James Lasdun's new book is a harrowing tale about an online stalker who pledges to ruin him. - The Wall Street Journal

A review of the new memoir, Give Me Everything You Have, by James Lasdun. Reviewed by Bonnie Altucher - Electric Literature

In the fall of 2003, James Lasdun was teaching writing at a New York City school he calls Morgan College when he met a student he calls Nasreen. She was in her 30s and she seemed reserved—shy or aloof, Lasdun thought. The work she presented for discussion (excerpts from a... - Slate

Robert Burke Warren reviews <i>Give me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked<i> by James Lasdun. - Chronogram

'A cyberstalked novelist traces the evolution of his aggressor&rsquo;s flirty-turned-fierce digital attacks.' - The Chronicle Review

James Lasdun's memoir covers the scary subject of celebrity stalking with emotional and intellectual depth - Globe & Mail

Obsession in the age of the internet. - New Statesman

James Lasdun describes the experience of being stalked by a disturbed former student. - The New York Times

From his first story collection, "Delirium Eclipse," to his most recent novel, "Seven Lies," James Lasdun's fiction often has dealt with the unsettling surprises life sends our way. Imagining such t - Newsday

About the author

James Lasdun

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published novels, as well as several collections of short stories and poetry. He has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times, T. S. Eliot, and Forward prizes in poetry, and he was the winner of the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award. His nonfiction has been published in Harper's Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books.

James Lasdun

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