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Cloud Atlas

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781444730876

Price: £9.99

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By the author of THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, David Mitchell’s bestselling and Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, one of Richard & Judy’s 100 Books of the Decade, CLOUD ATLAS has now been adapted for film. The major motion picture, directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant.

The novel features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation. The narrators of CLOUD ATLAS hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changes in ways great and small.

Mitchell’s other novels are GHOSTWRITTEN, BLACK SWAN GREEN and NUMBER9DREAM, all published by Sceptre.

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A remarkable book ... there won't be a bigger, bolder novel this year.
David Mitchell entices his readers onto a rollercoaster, and at first they wonder if they want to get off. Then - at least in my case - they can't bear the journey to end.
AS Byatt, Guardian
Impeccably structured novel of ideas in many voices by a talent to watch.
Literary Editor's Best Books, Observer
An impeccable dance of genres ... an elegiac, radiant festival of prescience, meditation and entertainment.
The Times
Mitchell's storytelling in CLOUD ATLAS is of the best. I was, appropriately, captivated.
Lawrence Norfolk, Independent
The best novel of the year so far ... a thrilling ride of a story
Philip Hensher, Summer Reading, Observer
Mitchell's storytelling in Cloud Atlas is of the best.
Lawrence Norfolk, Independent
An impeccable dance of genres . . . an elegiac, radiant festival of prescience, meditation and entertainment.
Neel Mukherjee, The Times
A singular achievement, from an author of extraordinary ambition and skill.
Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday