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Black Swan Green

by David Mitchell

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006 and shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2006.

Costa Book Awards 2006 Judges'comment: "A telling and touching account of a vanishing childhood, with all its impossibilities and its comedies."

Black Swan Green Synopsis

David Mitchell comes home - to England, 1982, and the cusp of adolescence.

Jason Taylor is 13, doomed to be growing up in the most boring family in the deadest village (Black Swan Green) in the dullest county (Worcestershire) in the most tedious nation (England) on earth. And he stammers. 13 chapters, each as self-contained as a short story, follow 13 months in his life as he negotiates the pitfalls of school and home and contends with bullies, girls and family politics. In the distance, the Falklands conflict breaks out; close at hand, the village mobilises against a gypsy camp. And through Jason`s eyes, we see what he doesn`t know he knows - and watch unfold what will make him wish his life had been as uneventful as he had believed.
 

Vividly capturing the mood of the times - high unemployment, Cold War politics and the sunset of agrarian England - this is at once a portrait of an era and of an age: the black hole between childhood and teenagerdom.

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ISBN: 9780340822807
Publication date: 02/04/2007
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780340822791
Publication date: 08/05/2006
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340822791
Publication date: 8th May 2006
Author: David Mitchell
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
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About 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 ...

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