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Black Swan Green

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The story of a year in the life of Jason Taylor, 13 years old, growing up in an English village in the early 1980’s. Jason is a hugely likeable character, intelligent and thoughtful and yet mercilessly bullied for the stammer he has. A coming of age novel that is sensitive, intelligent and a thoroughly enjoyable read with something for everyone to empathise with.

May 2010 Guest Editor John Boyne on David Mitchell...

For me, Mitchell is the best writer of my own generation. Each book displays a gift for language and verbal acrobatics which dazzle the reader while never descending into self-indulgence. However my favourite of his books is probably his quietest, Black Swan Green.

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


Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

It's a dank January in the Worcestershire village of Black Swan Green and thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor -- covert stammerer and reluctant poet -- anticipates a stultifying year in the deadest village on Earth. But Jason hasn't reckoned with a junta of bullies, simmering family discord, the Falklands War, an exotic Belgian emigre, a threatened gypsy invasion and the caprices of those mysterious entities known as girls. BLACK SWAN GREEN charts thirteen months in the black hole between childhood and adolescence, set against the sunset of an agrarian England still overshadowed by the Cold War. Wry, painful, funny and vibrant with the stuff of life, it is David Mitchell's subtlest and most captivating achievement to date.


'David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good...BLACK SWAN GREEN is just gorgeous.'
Daily Mail

'A delight to read from beginning to end'
Sunday Express

'Luminously beautiful'
The Times

'I do hope to read a better British novel this year, but I can't honestly say that I expect to.'
David Robertson, Scotsman

'Mitchell is just about the best writer operating in Britain today...a novel that, like each of its predecessors, sticks in the back of your head for weeks after you've finished it.'

'Spry, disconcerting and moving. It is also extremely funny even - or especially - at the blackest of moments.'
Kate Kellaway, Observer Summer Reads

'Intricate and beautiful'
Time Out

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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2nd April 2007


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Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


384 pages


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