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The Bone Clocks

book | Fiction | Sep 2014
UK & Comm → Sceptre (Ed. Carole Welch)
US → Random House (Ed. David Ebershoff )
Canada → Knopf (Ed. Louise Dennys)
One life in six segments and a twisted vendetta between two rings of quasi-immortals – the rich and strange new novel from David Mitchell.

In 1984, teenager Holly Sykes runs away from home, a Gravesend pub. Sixty years later, she is to be found in the far west of Ireland, raising a granddaughter as the world's climate collapses.

In between, Holly is encountered as a barmaid in a Swiss resort by an undergraduate sociopath in 1991; has a child with a foreign correspondent covering the Iraq War in 2003; and, widowed, becomes the confidante of a self-obsessed author of fading powers and reputation during the present decade. Yet these changing personae are only part of the story, as Holly’s life is repeatedly intersected by a slow-motion war between a cult of predatory soul-decanters and a band of vigilantes led by one Doctor Marinus. Holly begins as an unwitting pawn in this war – but may prove to be its decisive weapon.

The arc of a life, a social seismograph, a fantasy of shadows and an inquiry into aging, mortality and survival, The Bone Clocks could only have been written by David Mitchell.
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Reviews

Mitchell writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience. Pico Iyer
The New York Times

Mitchell is, at his best, a superior writer than Jonathan Franzen, a better storyteller than Michael Chabon, more wickedly clever than Jennifer Egan, nearly as fluent as Junot Diaz in multiple dialects, and as gifted as Alice Munro. Derek Thompson
The Atlantic

A series of first-person narratives told with the skill and nuance of a gifted ventriloquist. Kevin Nance
USA Today

This strange and magical novel... Mitchell is one of the most electric writers alive. John Freeman
The Boston Globe

This beautiful explosion of adventurous ideas may well take [Mitchell], finally, beyond the Booker shortlist. Melissa Katsoulis
The Times

Mitchell writes with scintillating verve and abundance. Joanna Kavenna
The Telegraph

A major literary figure. Alexandra Alter
The New York Times

Boundaries are conventions... and David Mitchell transcends them all. Kathryn Schulz
Vulture

Mitchell's mesmerizing saga. Elissa Schappell
Vanity Fair

This novel will be one of the most talked-about books of the year... a triumph on every one of its many levels.


Bill Ott
Booklist

An epic... Mitchell is a consummate craftsman. Louise Jury
The Independent

Superbly talented... an epic read with humour, hybrid energy, and sheer narrative pleasure. Jerome Boyd Maunsell
The Evening Standard

Mr. Mitchell’s heavy arsenal of talents is showcased in these pages: his symphonic imagination...

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