I do hope to read a better British novel this year, but I can't honestly say that I expect to.
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.
Spry, disconcerting and moving. It is also extremely funny even - or especially - at the blackest of moments.
Intricate and beautiful
Hugely touching and enjoyable
Rich and strange
All the drama and inadvertent comedy of the onset of adolescence are brilliantly laid bare . . . a deceptively easy read, at times uproariously funny
It is the best kind of contemporary fiction.
Hugely touching and enjoyable.
David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good . . . Black Swan Green is just gorgeous.
Black Swan Green's 'I love 1982' nostalgia is a glassy, pitch-perfect, mock-innocent surface through which something rotten might appear.
A delight to read from beginning to end.