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The Bone Clocks

Folio Prize, 2015

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848945043

Price: £9.99

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‘ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANTLY INVENTIVE WRITERS OF THIS, OR ANY, COUNTRY’ INDEPENDENT


Winner of the World Fantasy Award and longlisted for the Booker and Folio Prizes


‘A triumph’
GUARDIAN

‘Fantastical’
OBSERVER

‘Epic’
EVENING STANDARD

‘Mind-spinning’
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘Dazzling’
NEW YORK TIMES

The internationally bestselling novel from the author of Cloud Atlas, at once the kaleidoscopic story of an unusual woman’s life, a metaphysical thriller and a profound meditation on mortality and survival


Run away, one drowsy summer’s afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict.

Over six decades, the consequences of a moment’s impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family’s survival . . .

PRAISE FOR DAVID MITCHELL


‘A thrilling and gifted writer’
FINANCIAL TIMES

‘Dizzyingly, dazzlingly good’
DAILY MAIL

‘Mitchell is, clearly, a genius’
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

‘An author of extraordinary ambition and skill’
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘A superb storyteller’
THE NEW YORKER

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Reviews

The overwhelming impression is of an author at the height of his powers precisely because of a deep and intuitive understanding and curiosity of what it is about to live a life as a human being.
Oxford Student
Fantastical, ambitious, bold and exuberant
Viv Groskop, Books of the Year, Observer
A return to the exuberance and genre-hopping of Cloud Atlas, and a proper page-turner
Stephanie Merritt, Books of the Year, Observer
An extraordinary piece of storytelling
Books of the Year, Evening Standard
Combines fantastic inventiveness with depth and heart
Books of the Year, Guardian
A mind-spinning, genre-splicing time-travelling epic
Independent on Sunday
One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I've read in a long time . . . an extraordinary fun house of a novel
Meg Wolitzer, NPR
A ludicrously ambitious, unstoppably clever epic told through a chorus of diverse narrators that is both outrageous in scope and meticulous in execution
The Atlantic
600 pages of metafictional shenanigans in relentlessly brilliant prose . . . Death is at the heart of this novel. And there lies its depth and darkness, bravely concealed with all the wit and sleight of hand and ventriloquistic verbiage and tale-telling bravura of which Mitchell is a master . . . It's a whopper of a story
Ursula K. Le Guin, Guardian
Unmissable
Psychologies
Wild, funny, terrifying . . . a slipstream masterpiece all its own
Esquire
Great fun . . . a tour de force
San Francisco Chronicle
Mitchell is one of the most electric writers alive. To open a Mitchell book is to set forth on an adventure . . . In his latest novel, The Bone Clocks, Mitchell has spun his most far-flung tale yet . . . Strange and magical
Boston Globe
Magical . . . [it] perfectly illustrates the idea that we're all the heroes of our own lives as well as single cogs in a much larger and more beautiful mechanism
Entertainment Weekly
Mind-bendingly ambitious . . . The force of [Mitchell's] storytelling makes The Bone Clocks a joy
Time
Great story, great words, all good
Stephen King
Mitchell is a superb storyteller . . . One of the reasons he is such a popular and critically lauded writer is that he combines both the giddy, freewheeling ceaselessness of the pure storyteller with the grounded realism of the humanist. There's something for everyone, traditionalist or postmodernist, realist or fantasist
New Yorker
Deeply meaningful . . . The Bone Clocks has everything you might expect to find in a David Mitchell novel: Great characters in settings far-flung over space and time, all tied together by ambitious ideas and gorgeous writing
BuzzFeed
A sweeping epic . . . that, like Cloud Atlas, spans the ages and tinkers with the hidden gears of human history
GQ