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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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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 28th August 2014

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780340739754


Demands to be read and re-read . . . an astonishing debut
Lawrence Norfolk, Independent
The accolades are well deserved . . . Ghostwritten is a wide-reaching, multi-layered novel . . . Mitchell also captures a tenderness, a yearning for something deeper, just below what often appears in as a bleak and cheerless surface
Mitchell's dazzling debut covers a lot of geography and a vast range of topics. The whole magpie's nest is loosely bundled into the net bag of a fiercely incomprehensible and mystical plot.
The Times
A firework display . . . a remarkable novel by a young writer of remarkable talent
Adam Lively, Observer
Technically accomplished, but consistently funny and affecting: if you want to know what the distinctive literature of the 21st century will look like, begin here
Boyd Tonkin, Independent
A remarkable first novel . . . Eastern, ethereal, yet flecked with flashes of commando grit, this multi-faceted novel is full of surprises
<i>Time Out</i>
An astonishing debut.
A remarkable novel by a young writer of remarkable talent.
One of the best first novels I've read in a long time . . . I couldn't put it down.
AS Byatt, Mail on Sunday
The best first novel I have read in ages . . . it beguiles, informs, shocks and captivates.
William Boyd, Daily Telegraph
Fabulously atmospheric and wryly perceptive . . . a huge new talent.
Books of the Year, <i>Guardian</i>
If you want to know what the distinctive literature of the 21st century will look like, begin here.
Boyd Tonkin, Independent