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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: 4th September 2008

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781844568826


'Rich and strange'
<i> Guardian </i>
Luminously beautiful.
<i> The Times </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.'
<i> Arena </i>
'Luminously beautiful'
<i> The Times </i>
'That very rare thing, a realistic first novel written by a master of his craft.'
Christina Patterson, <i> Independent </i>
'Intricate and beautiful'
<i> Time Out </i>
Hugely touching and enjoyable.
Rachel Cooke, Summer Reads, Observer
David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good . . . Black Swan Green is just gorgeous.
Eithne Farry, <i> Daily Mail </i>
'David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good...BLACK SWAN GREEN is just gorgeous.'
<i> Daily Mail </i>
A delight to read from beginning to end.
<i> Sunday Express </i>
It is the best kind of contemporary fiction.
<i> TLS </i>
'I do hope to read a better British novel this year, but I can't honestly say that I expect to.'
David Robertson, <i> Scotsman </i>
'Hugely touching and enjoyable'
Rachel Cooke, <i> Observer </i> Summer Reads
'It is the best kind of contemporary fiction'
<i> Times Literary Supplement </i>
'Spry, disconcerting and moving. It is also extremely funny even - or especially - at the blackest of moments.'
Kate Kellaway, <i> Observer </i> Summer Reads
'A delight to read from beginning to end'
<i> Sunday Express </i>
'All the drama and inadvertent comedy of the onset of adolescence are brilliantly laid bare...a deceptively easy read, at times uproariously funny'
<i> Evening Standard </i>