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David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell translated from the Japanese the internationally bestselling memoir The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Reviews

One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I ve read in a long time. Meg Wolitzer, NPR
Astonishing . . . No one, clearly, has ever told [David] Mitchell that the novel is dead. He writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience. . . . In his sixth novel, he s brought together the time-capsule density of his eyes-wide-open adventure in traditional realism with the death-defying ambitions ofCloud Atlasuntil all borders between pubby England and the machinations of the undead begin to blur. . . . Not many novelists could take on plausible Aboriginal speech, imagine a world after climate change has ravaged it and wonder whether whales suffer from unrequited love. . . . Very few [writers] excite the reader about both the visceral world and the visionary one as Mitchell does. The New York Times Book Review(Editor s Choice)

Intensely compelling . . . fantastically witty . . . offers up a rich selection of domestic realism, gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation. The Washington Post
Sprawling yet disciplined, drunk on life but ever cognizant of its brevity and preciousness, this time-traveling, culture-crossing, genre-bending marvel of a novel by the highly regarded author of
Cloud Atlas
utterly beguiles. O: The Oprah Magazine

Great fun . . . a tour de force . . . [Mitchell] channels his narrators with vivid expertise. San Francisco Chronicle
Mitchell is one of the most electric writers alive. To open a Mitchell book is to set forth on an adventure. . . . In his latest novel, The Bone Clocks, Mitchell has spun his most far-flung tale yet. . . . Strange and magical. The Boston Globe
Magical . . . [
The Bone Clocks
] perfectly illustrates the idea that we re all the heroes of our own lives as well as single cogs in a much larger and more beautiful mechanism. [Grade: ] A Entertainment Weekly
Transportingly great. . . If David Mitchell isn t the most talented novelist of his generation, is there any doubt that he is the most multi-talented? He is, at his best, a superior writer to 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. . . .
The Bone Clocks
affords its readers the singular gift of reading the wish to stay put and to be nowhere else but here. The Atlantic

Mitchell s mesmerizing saga is evidence of the power of story to transport us, and even to stop time entirely. Vanity Fair

[A] literary marvel . . . What we value defines us, The Bone Clocks tells us. Sometimes it s life. Sometimes it s love. It s definitely this book. The Miami Herald

Mitchell s wit, imagination and gorgeous prose make this a page-turner. People

Mind-bendingly ambitious . . . The force of [Mitchell s] storytelling makes The Bone Clocks a joy. Time
A tour de force of the imagination, rewarding the attentive reader with both the intricate richness of its plot and the beauty of its language. The Plain Dealer

Told with the skill and nuance of a gifted ventriloquist. USA Today

Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas. Los Angeles Times
Reading a David Mitchell novel is a little like wandering through a multiplex during that September sweet spot when the best summer blockbusters are screened alongside autumn s more serious fare. The Bone Clocks is no exception. Mitchell s generous imagination saturates every sentence, character, and setting to create a story as thrilling in its language as in its plot. It s my favorite novel I ve read this year, and the only one I ve already reread. Anthony Marra
Great story, great words, all good. Stephen King
A hell of a great read . . . wild, funny, terrifying . . . a slipstream masterpiece all its own . . . Mitchell is a genre-bending, time-leaping, world-traveling, puzzle-making, literary magician, and The Bone Clocks is one of his best books. Esquire

Mitchell is a superb storyteller. . . . One of the reasons he is such a popular and critically lauded writer is that he combines both the giddy, freewheeling ceaselessness of the pure storyteller with the grounded realism of the humanist. There s something for everyone, traditionalist or postmodernist, realist or fantasist. The New Yorker
Relentlessly brilliant . . . [
The Bone Clocks
contains] depth and darkness, bravely concealed with all the wit and sleight of hand and ventriloquistic verbiage and tale-telling bravura of which Mitchell is a master. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian
You could call Mitchell a global writer, I suppose, but that does not quite capture what he is doing. It is closer to say that he is a pangaeic writer, a supercontinental writer. New York

With The Bone Clocks [Mitchell] has brought off his most sinewy, fine and full book to date, a Mobius strip tripping great novel that will reward bleary-eyed rereading until he writes his next one. Financial Times
Dazzling . . . Mitchell s heavy arsenal of talents is showcased in these pages: his symphonic imagination; his ventriloquist s ability to channel the voices of myriad characters from different time zones and cultures; his intuitive understanding of children and knack for capturing their solemnity and humor; and his ear for language its rhythms, sounds and inflections. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

As you might expect from a David Mitchell novel, [
The Bone Clocks
is] big, ambitious, and pretty. But it s very much the story of one woman: Holly Sykes. Her tiny human life is the thread that holds the various stories of The Bone Clocks together, and ultimately it is what gives the book a deep sense of meaning, and its lasting joys and sorrows. The Millions
[
The Bone Clocks
] might just become the 1984 of the climate change movement. It dramatizes the consequences of our improvident modern economy in the way George Orwell s novel awakened people to the Big Brother mentality of Soviet communism. David Ignatius, The Washington Post
[
The Bone Clocks
] enthralls, soars, and crackles. The Daily Beast
Mitchell is back and as genre-bendy as ever. Describing the breadth of his latest epic as sprawling wouldn t quite do it justice. The Huffington Post

Deeply meaningful. . .
The Bone Clocks
has everything you might expect to find in a David Mitchell novel: Great characters in settings far-flung over space and time, all tied together by ambitious ideas and gorgeous writing. BuzzFeed
Mitchell may be the greatest novelist in the English language currently in his prime. The A.V. Club

A fascinating and moving book about time, technology and even the State of the World. The Dallas Morning News
Mitchell is a brilliant literary mesmerist. . . . He writes with scintillating verve and abundance. . . . [Mitchell s is a] joyful, consoling world. The Telegraph

A fantastic, perilous journey over continents and decades. Fans of Mitchell s
Cloud Atlas
will find this equally ambitious and mind-bending. Marie Claire
[A] beautiful explosion of adventurous ideas . . . As [Mitchell s] oeuvre develops, he seems to be getting cleverer, braver and delightfully madder. The Times
Fantastical, ambitious, bold and exuberant. The Observer
A sweeping epic . . . that, like Cloud Atlas, spans the ages and tinkers with the hidden gears of human history. GQ

A cautionary metaphysical thriller that grounds its ambition in its heroine s human charm. Vogue"
"One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I've read in a long time."--Meg Wolitzer, NPR

"Astonishing . . . No one, clearly, has ever told [David] Mitchell that the novel is dead. He writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience. . . . In his sixth novel, he's brought together the time-capsule density of his eyes-wide-open adventure in traditional realism with the death-defying ambitions of Cloud Atlasuntil all borders between pubby England and the machinations of the undead begin to blur. . . . Not many novelists could take on plausible Aboriginal speech, imagine a world after climate change has ravaged it and wonder whether whales suffer from unrequited love. . . . Very few [writers] excite the reader about both the visceral world and the visionary one as Mitchell does."--The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

"Intensely compelling . . . fantastically witty . . . offers up a rich selection of domestic realism, gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation."--The Washington Post "Sprawling yet disciplined, drunk on life but ever cognizant of its brevity and preciousness, this time-traveling, culture-crossing, genre-bending marvel of a novel by the highly regarded author of Cloud Atlas utterly beguiles."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Great fun . . . a tour de force . . . [Mitchell] channels his narrators with vivid expertise."--San Francisco Chronicle "Mitchell is one of the most electric writers alive. To open a Mitchell book is to set forth on an adventure. . . . In his latest novel, The Bone Clocks, Mitchell has spun his most far-flung tale yet. . . . Strange and magical."--The Boston Globe "Magical . . . [The Bone Clocks] perfectly illustrates the idea that we're all the heroes of our own lives as well as single cogs in a much larger and more beautiful mechanism. [Grade: ] A"--Entertainment Weekly "Transportingly great . . . If David Mitchell isn't the most talented novelist of his generation, is there any doubt that he is the most multi-talented? He is, at his best, a superior writer to 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. . . . The Bone Clocks affords its readers the singular gift of reading--the wish to stay put and to be nowhere else but here."--The Atlantic

"Mitchell's mesmerizing saga is evidence of the power of story to transport us, and even to stop time entirely."--Vanity Fair

"[A] literary marvel . . . What we value defines us, The Bone Clocks tells us. Sometimes it's life. Sometimes it's love. It's definitely this book."--The Miami Herald

"Mitchell's wit, imagination and gorgeous prose make this a page-turner."--People

"Mind-bendingly ambitious . . . The force of [Mitchell's] storytelling makes The Bone Clocks a joy."--Time "A tour de force of the imagination, rewarding the attentive reader with both the intricate richness of its plot and the beauty of its language."--The Plain Dealer

"Told with the skill and nuance of a gifted ventriloquist."--USA Today

"Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas."--Los Angeles Times "Reading a David Mitchell novel is a little like wandering through a multiplex during that September sweet spot when the best summer blockbusters are screened alongside autumn's more serious fare. The Bone Clocks is no exception. Mitchell's generous imagination saturates every sentence, character, and setting to create a story as thrilling in its language as in its plot. It's my favorite novel I've read this year, and the only one I've already reread."--Anthony Marra "Great story, great words, all good."--Stephen King "A hell of a great read . . . wild, funny, terrifying . . . a slipstream masterpiece all its own . . . Mitchell is a genre-bending, time-leaping, world-traveling, puzzle-making, literary magician, and The Bone Clocks is one of his best books."--Esquire

"Mitchell is a superb storyteller. . . . One of the reasons he is such a popular and critically lauded writer is that he combines both the giddy, freewheeling ceaselessness of the pure storyteller with the grounded realism of the humanist. There's something for everyone, traditionalist or postmodernist, realist or fantasist."--The New Yorker "Relentlessly brilliant . . . [The Bone Clocks contains] depth and darkness, bravely concealed with all the wit and sleight of hand and ventriloquistic verbiage and tale-telling bravura of which Mitchell is a master."--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian "You could call Mitchell a global writer, I suppose, but that does not quite capture what he is doing. It is closer to say that he is a pangaeic writer, a supercontinental writer."--New York

"With The Bone Clocks [Mitchell] has brought off his most sinewy, fine and full book to date, a Mobius strip-tripping great novel that will reward bleary-eyed rereading until he writes his next one."--Financial Times "Dazzling . . . Mitchell's heavy arsenal of talents is showcased in these pages: his symphonic imagination; his ventriloquist's ability to channel the voices of myriad characters from different time zones and cultures; his intuitive understanding of children and knack for capturing their solemnity and humor; and his ear for language--its rhythms, sounds and inflections."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"As you might expect from a David Mitchell novel, [
The Bone Clocks
is] big, ambitious, and pretty. But it's very much the story of one woman: Holly Sykes. Her tiny human life is the thread that holds the various stories of The Bone Clocks together, and ultimately it is what gives the book a deep sense of meaning, and its lasting joys and sorrows."--The Millions "[The Bone Clocks] might just become the 1984 of the climate change movement. It dramatizes the consequences of our improvident modern economy in the way George Orwell's novel awakened people to the 'Big Brother' mentality of Soviet communism."--David Ignatius, The Washington Post "[The Bone Clocks] enthralls, soars, and crackles."--The Daily Beast "Mitchell is back and as genre-bendy as ever. Describing the breadth of his latest epic as 'sprawling' wouldn't quite do it justice."--The Huffington Post

"Deeply meaningful . . . The Bone Clocks has everything you might expect to find in a David Mitchell novel: Great characters in settings far-flung over space and time, all tied together by ambitious ideas and gorgeous writing."--BuzzFeed "Mitchell may be the greatest novelist in the English language currently in his prime."--The A.V. Club

"A fascinating and moving book about time, technology and even the 'State of the World.'"--The Dallas Morning News "Mitchell is a brilliant literary mesmerist. . . . He writes with scintillating verve and abundance. . . . [Mitchell's is a] joyful, consoling world."--The Telegraph

"A fantastic, perilous journey over continents and decades. Fans of Mitchell's Cloud Atlas will find this equally ambitious and mind-bending."--Marie Claire "[A] beautiful explosion of adventurous ideas . . . As [Mitchell's] oeuvre develops, he seems to be getting cleverer, braver and delightfully madder."--The Times "Fantastical, ambitious, bold and exuberant."--The Observer "A sweeping epic . . . that, like Cloud Atlas, spans the ages and tinkers with the hidden gears of human history."--GQ

"A cautionary metaphysical thriller that grounds its ambition in its heroine's human charm."--Vogue

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