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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 132 x 198 x 32mm | 299.37g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Sceptre
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • None
  • 0340739754
  • 9780340739754
  • 83,620

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An astonishing debut. Independent One of the best first novels I've read in a long time ... I couldn't put it down. -- AS Byatt Mail on Sunday A remarkable novel by a young writer of remarkable talent. Observer The best first novel I have read in ages ... it beguiles, informs, shocks and captivates. -- William Boyd Daily Telegraph If you want to know what the distinctive literature of the 21st century will look like, begin here. -- Boyd Tonkin Independent Fabulously atmospheric and wryly perceptive ... a huge new talent. -- Books of the Year Guardianshow more

About 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. It was an immediate bestseller in the UK and later in the US as more

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A woman on a holy mountain talks to a tree - and the tree talks back - unaware of the effect the financial irregularities of a burnt-out lawyer will have on her more

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20,394 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 34% (6,912)
4 44% (9,004)
3 17% (3,554)
2 4% (755)
1 1% (169)

Our customer reviews

For the casual reader, it's best to think of Ghostwritten as a collection of short stories. Yes, the stories are all interrelated and come together somewhat towards the end, but if you think going into it that it's one big story with just one big narrative, you might find the book challenging. Just as you get into one story, it ends and you're moved on to the next one, which can throw the pacing off for some people - which is why it's much nicer to think of it as a few short stories, with a number of linking elements that overall make up a greater narrative. As for the stories themselves, they're very diverse and extremely well-written. It's almost as if several different authors worked on the book, rather than David Mitchell, which is a testament to his talent as a writer. This also means that anyone looking for a particular genre or type of story may find themselves a little short here, because it goes from a cult expose to a romance story to a spiritual journey to crime. I'd say it's perfect for the reader who likes to sample a bit of everything, and if that's what you're looking for, then Ghostwritten is for you. Also, note, the connections between the stories aren't all obvious, which in my opinion makes it better - it doesn't seem forced or in-your-face that way. There's something nice about reading the book, going online to see what you missed and then re-reading the novel to try and catch everything. Great more
by Nicholas Wong
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