An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what connects him to a jazz buff in Tokyo? 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 life. Add to this - a Mongolian gangster, a redundant English spy in Petersburg with a knack for forging masterpieces, a despondent 'zookeeper', a nuclear scientist, a ghostwriter, a ghost, and a late night New York DJ whose hard-boiled scepticism has been his undoing. All of them have tales to tell, and all must play their part as they are caught up in the inescapable forces of cause and effect.
Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
Winner of Mail on Sunday / John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2000. Shortlisted for Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2000 and Guardian First Book Award 1999.
'Demands to be read and re-read ... an astonishing debut' -- Lawrence Norfolk, 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 firework display ... 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 Books of the 'Fabulously atmospheric and wryly perceptive ... a huge new talent' -- Guardian Books of the Year 'The best modern novel I have read for some time' -- Rachel Cusk, Express on Sunday 'A remarkable first novel ... Eastern, ethereal, yet flecked with flashes of commando grit, this multi-faceted novel is full of surprises' -- Time Out
David Mitchell's debut novel, GHOSTWRITTEN, was first published in 1999 and was awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second, NUMBER9DREAM, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and his third novel, CLOUD ATLAS, was shortlisted for 6 awards including the Man Booker Prize and won the British Book Awards Best Literary Fiction and the South Bank Show Literature Prize. He lives in Ireland with his wife and daughter.