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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller, from the author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010

In your hands is a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th century, a young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune. Instead he loses his heart.

Step onto the streets of Dejima and mingle with scheming traders, spies, interpreters, servants and concubines as two cultures converge. In a tale of integrity and corruption, passion and power, the key is control – of riches and minds, and over death itself.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 28th August 2014

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780340921586

Reviews

Arguably his finest . . . It will doubtless earn Mitchell his fourth Man Booker nomination and, if there's any justice, his first win.
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
A novel which actually deserves the accolade "tour de force".
Kamila Shamsie, Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph
Moving, thoughtful and unexpectedly funny
Richard Eyre, Observer Books of the Year
Confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive.
Dave Eggers, <i>New York Times Book Review</i>
Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful.
<i>Sunday Times</i>
David Mitchell is back with a bang . . . superb
<i>Irish Independent</i>
However densely charted and richly sketched, this sumptuous imbroglio never drags . . . Mitchell flexes his prose virtuosity. More than before, those muscles do the heart's work.
<i>Independent</i>
The most impressive fictional mind of his generation.
<i>Observer</i>
Lose yourself in a world of incredible scope, originality and imaginative brilliance.
Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday
Ambitious and fascinating . . . Comparisons to Tolstoy are inevitable, and right on the money.
<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>
A world of stories in prose that brings a lump to the throat . . . David Mitchell has done it again.
<i>Independent on Sunday</i>
Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful . . . a narrative of panoramic span. Mitchell fills his pages with a medley of accents, idioms and speech habits. Prodigiously researched, his book resurrects a place and period with riveting immediacy . . . it brims with rich, involving and affecting humanity
Peter Kemp, <i>Sunday Times</i>
Hugely enjoyable . . . the descriptions of Dejima and what life there must have been like are extraordinarily accurate
<i>Literary Review</i>
Pitch-perfect
Boyd Tonkin, Independent Books of the Year
Brilliant.
<i>The Times</i>
A masterpiece
<i>Scotsman</i>
Compared with almost everything being written now, it is vertiginously ambitious - and brilliant
<i>The Times</i>