Why you need to read David Mitchell (the author, not the one off the telly)
There are two David Mitchells. There’s the one off the telly (Mitchell & Webb, Would I Lie To You? etc.) and the other one: author of Cloud Atlas and a handful of other novels I’m confident will come to be seen as some of the best-written fiction of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Nothing against the one off the telly, but it's David Mitchell the author you need to read.
To try to summarise the plots of books like Cloud Atlas or The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob de Zoet is to spoil your pleasure when you discover their genius for yourself. All I want to say about these books is that they’re breathtakingly clever, moving and startling in the way they inhabit and flit between characters and narrators, often over huge passages of time and even space. This is a writer of genius.
At Jarrolds we're slightly beside ourselves that David Mitchell is visiting the store on 4th September to talk about his new novel The Bone Clocks in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark. The Bone Clocks is on the long list for the Man Booker Prize (and if there's any justice in this world it'll make the short list, announced on 9th September). It's set to be a wonderful and enlightening evening. You can find details here.
If you haven't read David Mitchell yet we're offering all his paperback novels at half the recommended price between now and 4th September. Actually, the one of the telly’s pretty good too. And he’s got a book out this autumn. And he’s married to the fabulous Victoria Coren. But you really need to read David Mitchell, the author. You really do.
'An afterword: he came, he spoke brilliantly and the audience loved him. We may still have a few signed copies of The Bone Clocks left if you're quick.'