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Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. A magnificent achievement and an engrossing experience, David Mitchell's first novel announced the arrival of one of the most exciting writers of the twenty-first century. An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what links him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? Or to a Mongolian gangster, a woman on a holy mountain who talks to a tree, and a late night New York DJ? Set at the fugitive edges of Asia and Europe, Ghostwritten weaves together a host of characters, their interconnected destinies determined by the inescapable forces of cause and effect.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780340739754
ISBN-10: 0340739754
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 132mm x 29mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Sceptre
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » More of an experience that a novel, Mitchell's book's huge cast play off one another to dazzling efect. Set in the shadowlands and margins of Asia and Europe, stories intermingle with a bewildering and awe-inspiring brilliance. Ghostwritten becomes a melting pot into which are tossed a Japanese jazz fan, island cities, a Mongolian mobster, Buddha, 'The White Album', Ulan Bator's Grand Central Station and much much more. All the elements in this engrossing novel combine to form a masterpeiece which draws the reader into a world where everyone and everything has its own story to tell. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - David Mitchell

Born in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from Kent University, he taught English in Japan, where he wrote his first novel, Ghostwritten. Published in 1999, it was awarded the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and in 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. His third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize, and adapted for film in 2012. It was followed by Black Swan Green, shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. Both were also longlisted for the Booker. In 2013, The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice From the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida was published in a translation from the Japanese by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. David Mitchell's sixth novel is The Bone Clocks (Sceptre, 2014).

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