Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743535127
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 26/03/2019
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Historical fiction
  • Imprint: Picador Australia
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: $32.99

"A fascinating, compelling, beautifully written novel." Liane Moriarty

"Miriam Sved has woven three generations and two periods of history into a page-turning, emotional rollercoaster to remind us all that families are messy, complicated and that the repercussions of decisions made decades ago can come back to haunt you... I cannot recommend this book highly enough." Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

I have wished so many times that I had acted differently.
I wish that I had been more worthy of you...
Eventually the war will end, and then we will find each other.
Until then, remember me.

Budapest, 1938. In a city park, five young Jewish mathematicians gather to share ideas, trade proofs and whisper sedition.

Sydney, 2007. Illy has just buried her father, a violent, unpredictable man whose bitterness she never understood. And now Illy's mother has gifted her a curious notebook, its pages a mix of personal story and mathematical discovery, recounted by a woman full of hopes and regrets.

Inspired by a true story, Miriam Sved's beautifully crafted novel charts a course through both the light and dark of human relationships: a vivid recreation of 1930s Hungary, a decades-old mystery locked in the story of one enduring friendship, a tribute to the selfless power of the heart.

"A taut, tender novel about family, secrets, genius and survival. Sved shows great insight into the complicated emotional architecture of family created in the aftermath of trauma." Emily Maguire


"At times I found myself being reminded of the American author Jennifer Egan. Both authors share the ability to surprise with character insights, something so traditional yet so mentally refreshing. The prose is limpid yet razor sharp. Highly recommended." The Australian

"The best kind of storyteller... hypnotic, startling almost." Clementine Ford

"Sved's prose is as sinewy and powerful as her characters - beautifully controlled and full of revealing moments that... glow in the memory." Cate Kennedy

Author Information

Miriam Sved is a Melbourne-based writer whose debut novel, Game Day, was published by Picador in 2014. She has been a contributing editor on the feminist anthologies Mothers and Others and Just Between Us, and the upcoming #MeToo: Stories from the Australian movement. Her novella 'All the Things I Should've Given' was a winner of Griffith Review's 2018 Novella Project, and her short fiction has been published in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Overland and elsewhere. A Universe of Sufficient Size is her second novel.


2 June 2019

Join Miriam Sved and Ginger Gorman as they discuss #MeToo

3:00 PM

East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue Kingston ACT 2604 Website

22 June 2019

Join Miriam Sved at the Emerging Writers' Festival event Open and Shut Constructive Feedback as she discusses her books A UNIVERSE OF SUFFICIENT SIZE and #METOO

1:30 PM

Conference Centre, State Library Victoria
179 La Trobe Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Website