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Black Swan Green

Black Swan Green

The dazzling novel from critically-acclaimed David Mitchell.

Shortlisted for the 2006 Costa Novel Award
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006

January, 1982. Thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor – covert stammerer and reluctant poet – anticipates a stultifying year in his backwater English village. But he hasn’t reckoned with bullies, simmering family discord, the Falklands War, a threatened gypsy invasion and those mysterious entities known as girls. Charting thirteen months in the black hole between childhood and adolescence, this is a captivating novel, wry, painful and vibrant with the stuff of life.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 28th August 2014

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780340822807

Reviews

David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good . . . Black Swan Green is just gorgeous.
Eithne Farry, <i> Daily Mail </i>
Intricate and beautiful
<i> Time Out </i>
I do hope to read a better British novel this year, but I can't honestly say that I expect to.
<i> Scotsman </i>
Rich and strange
<i> Guardian </i>
Hugely touching and enjoyable
Rachel Cooke, <i> Observer </i>
Spry, disconcerting and moving. It is also extremely funny even - or especially - at the blackest of moments.
Kate Kellaway, <i>Observer</i>
Black Swan Green's 'I love 1982' nostalgia is a glassy, pitch-perfect, mock-innocent surface through which something rotten might appear.
Ali Smith, Sunday Telegraph
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.
Mat Smith, <i> Arena </i>
It is the best kind of contemporary fiction.
<i> TLS </i>
Luminously beautiful.
<i> The Times </i>
A delight to read from beginning to end.
<i> Sunday Express </i>
Hugely touching and enjoyable.
Rachel Cooke, Summer Reads, Observer
All the drama and inadvertent comedy of the onset of adolescence are brilliantly laid bare . . . a deceptively easy read, at times uproariously funny
Joel Rickett, <i> Evening Standard </i>