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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks

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This is a big story on a huge canvas. If you are a David Mitchell fan then you are in for a treat. If new to him then be prepared to be blown away. It is a metaphysical thriller, a morality tale, a complicated book that twists and turns through time. There are many chapters on reincarnated people who are killed in early childhood and thereafter are occupied by a person who already has centuries of knowledge – in other words they are ‘super human’; some good, some bad. They have influenced the past and are now influencing the Chinese, Russian and Arab races. The worlds’ future looks bleak. We see it through the life of an extraordinary woman. This is superb. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014.

If you like David Mitchell you might also like to read books by Andrew Miller, Susan Hill and Margaret Atwood.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In a series of six seemingly separate stories, Mitchell moves through time and space from southern England in the eighties to the west coast of Ireland in the middle of the 21st century, via the Alps, Iceland, and Australia, meeting many memorable characters on the way. Returning characters and time-shifts have become part and parcel of Mitchell’s oeuvre. There is Crispin Hershey, a bitter and twisted novelist, as well as an old favourite, Dr Marinus. Here the central character is Holly, whom we meet at various stages in her life, from runaway teenager to fretting grandmother, and whose links with another world are far too complex to explain here!


The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Run away, one drowsy summer's afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict. Over six decades, the consequences of a moment's impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family's survival ...


Dazzling. * New York Times * Intellectually rigorous and stunningly imaginative . . . a rich and dense, inventive and witty thriller which, if you enjoyed Cloud Atlas and Mitchell's other works will leave you completely spellbound * Daily Express * Every page fizzes with energy and humour. Wildly imaginative and truly magical, this is a big, chunky feast of a book. * Sunday Mirror * If only real life were as elegant and generally encouraging as a Mitchell novel! He writes with scintillating verve and abundance. * Daily Telegraph * He is funny, hip and full of life. Which other writer could match his witty elision of fiction and science, of sense and nonsense? This beautiful explosion of adventurous ideas may well take him, finally, beyond the Booker shortlist. * The Times * A globe-trotting, mind-bending, hair-raising triumph. * Guardian *

About the Author

David Mitchell

Born in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from Kent University, he taught English in Japan, where he wrote his first novel, Ghostwritten. Published in 1999, it was awarded the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and in 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. His third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize, and adapted for film in 2012. It was followed by Black Swan Green, shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. Both were also longlisted for the Booker. In 2013, The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice From the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida was published in a translation from the Japanese by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. It was an immediate bestseller in the UK and later in the US as well.

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18th June 2015


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Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


640 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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