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Cloud Atlas

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CLOUD ATLAS, David Mitchell’s bestselling Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel which was also one of Richard & Judy’s 100 Books of the Decade, has now been adapted for film.

The major motion picture, directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent Hugo Weaving, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David 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 changed in ways great and small.

Mitchell’s other novels are GHOSTWRITTEN, NUMBER9DREAM, BLACK SWAN GREEN and A THOUSAND AUTUMS OF JACOB DE ZOET, all published by Sceptre.

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A novel of breathtaking ambition and scale, spanning continents, oceans and centuries
Christina Patterson, Independent
The way Mitchell inhabits the different voices of the novel is close to miraculous . . . No other British novelist, to my mind, combines such a darkly futuristic intelligence with such polyphonic ease
Robert Macfarlane, Sunday Times
His most accomplished achievement to date . . . a novel in the biggest, most exhilarating sense
A virtuoso performance . . . deeply impressive
Daily Telegraph
An intense, arcing colossus of a book whose narrative links, supplied by the voices of six main characters, are spun out into a unified theory of everything: history, human evolution, science, the will to power. The voices span epochs, continents, and genres . . . Mitchell has rightly commanded attention for the sheer breadth and energy of his composition . . . I am moved by (his) talent
Gloriously inventive and dazzlingly virtuosic
Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday
A thrilling ride of a story
Philip Hensher, Observer
Funny, exciting, imaginative and energetic
Evening Standard
Tremendous . . . one of the most shamelessly exciting books imaginable
A magnificent tour de force
Time Out
David Mitchell may well be possessed of genius . . . As well-plotted, entertaining narrative, Cloud Atlas succeeds on many levels. As political and cultural fable, with an unerring humanist sense of the dangerous will to power that lies at the dark heart of man, it's visionary
Irish Independent
Stunning . . . One of those rare books that manages to be enormously clever while resisting the temptation to show off
Daily Mail
Reassuringly excellent
Times Literary Supplement
This isn't just one brilliant book, it's a collection of six completely different brilliant books
Sunday Independent
Financial Times
Mind-bogglingly good
Mitchell writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel's every page
New York Times Book Review
One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is - and should be - read by any student of contemporary literature
Dave Eggers
Astonishing . . . essential fiction for the 21st century
Boyd Tonkin, Independent
Not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I've never read anything quite like it
Michael Chabon
It takes only a few pages of any part of this masterful feast of a novel to make you want to read the rest
Evening Standard
As mind-bending in its ideas as it is accessible on the page . . . It pretty much resists hyperbole simply by being better than you'd ever dare hope
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