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Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House

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One of our Books of the Year 2015.

Slade House, Slade Alley. We enter it with different narrators from 1979 to the present in nine yearly intervals. Initially each section is like a separate short story with the mysterious house the link but it soon becomes clear that the occupants are the actual link. The house is a vessel, a “lacuna” in an “operandi” where our story becomes uncanny. Those who enter it disappear; a mother and a son, a police officer, a student. Three episodes which prompt an American journalist to investigate the disappearance of her sister and so a lot of fascinating back story is revealed. Mitchell is a highly respected literary author who is having the most enormous fun with a twisted dark tale. He is a joy to read and this improbable, far-fetched, intriguing story is a true delight. With a huge amount of plot in just a few pages (233) it eventually moves into his The Bone Clocks territory. Beautifully designed, you may read it on screen but I do urge you to buy a copy for the pure pleasure of owning such a lovely article. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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


Slade House by David Mitchell

Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Later, you'll find that you can't. This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe'en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a 'guest' is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs...


'Painstakingly imagined and crackling with narrative velocity, it's a Dracula for the new millennium, a Hansel and Gretel for grownups, a reminder of how much fun fiction can be.' -- Anthony Doerr, author of All The Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

'An eerie haunted-house tale ... a spellbinding chiller about an unnatural greed for life and the arrogance of power.' -- Dean Koontz

'Prepare to be chilled, electrified and entertained - a gem of a novel from 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' Independent

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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4th December 2015


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Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


240 pages


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