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Publisher Description

The dazzling novel from critically-acclaimed David Mitchell.

Shortlisted for the 2006 Costa Novel Award
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006

January, 1982. Thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor - covert stammerer and reluctant poet - anticipates a stultifying year in his backwater English village. But he hasn't reckoned with bullies, simmering family discord, the Falklands War, a threatened gypsy invasion and those mysterious entities known as girls. Charting thirteen months in the black hole between childhood and adolescence, this is a captivating novel, wry, painful and vibrant with the stuff of life.

Fiction & Literature
4 September
Hodder & Stoughton

Customer Reviews

Miss Inkwell ,

70s nostalgia of the best variety

For anyone who grew up in the 70s this book has so much resonance. Beautifully crafted novel.

Catflea Massacre ,

Loved it.

Wasn't sure what I bought but within a few pages was thankful I had. Recommended.

Rondal99 ,

Adolescence, Conjured

This is without doubt the finest evocation I have ever read of life for a young boy in a small town.

While it fits neatly into the universe Mitchell has created in his other works, it also stands outside it. You will find no magical realism here, no characters centuries old, no future global calamities. The plot unfolds linearly over a period of 13 months.

What you will find is excellent writing and completely believable characters. If you're a fan of Mitchell's other work, you will love this book. If you're not, this is a good place to start.

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