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    DescriptionJanuary, 1982. Thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor - covert stammerer and reluctant poet - anticipates a stultifying year in his backwater English village. But he hasn't reckoned with bullies, simmering family discord, the Falklands War, a threatened gypsy invasion and those mysterious entities known as girls. Charting thirteen months in the black hole between childhood and adolescence, this is a captivating novel, wry, painful and vibrant with the stuff of life.


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    Title
    Black Swan Green
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Mitchell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780340822807
    ISBN 10: 0340822805
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Imprint name
    Sceptre
    Publication date
    28 August 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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).
    Review quote
    David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good ... Black Swan Green is just gorgeous. -- Eithne Farry Daily Mail A delight to read from beginning to end Sunday Express Luminously beautiful The Times I do hope to read a better British novel this year, but I can't honestly say that I expect to. Scotsman Mitchell is just about the best writer operating in Britain today ... a novel that, like each of its predecessors, sticks in the back of your head for weeks after you've finished it. -- Mat Smith Arena Spry, disconcerting and moving. It is also extremely funny even - or especially - at the blackest of moments. -- Kate Kellaway Observer Intricate and beautiful Time Out Hugely touching and enjoyable -- Rachel Cooke Observer It is the best kind of contemporary fiction TLS Rich and strange Guardian All the drama and inadvertent comedy of the onset of adolescence are brilliantly laid bare ... a deceptively easy read, at times uproariously funny -- Joel Rickett Evening Standard Black Swan Green's 'I love 1982' nostalgia is a glassy, pitch-perfect, mock-innocent surface through which something rotten might appear -- Ali Smith Sunday Telegraph