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Publisher Description

The dazzling novel from the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

Run away, one drowsy summer's afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict.

Over six decades, the consequences of a moment's impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family's survival . . .

Fiction & Literature
2 September
Hodder & Stoughton

Customer Reviews

C9u19 ,

Great plot, great characters, a bit too much made up language

This is a story of good against evil. It follows the life of Holly Sykes from childhood- where she first encounters the sinister 'anchorites'- to adult where she helps the well-intentioned 'horologists' to save the world from their evil intentions.
The plot is cleverly written and spans several decades of Holly's life from the 1970s to the 2040s, and centuries past as it becomes clear some of her companions and their enemies have lived for hundreds of years. The dialogue used attempts, and succeeds to some extent, to describe the language of the anchorites and horologists, and life in the future but the sheer amount of made up language makes some reading heavy going.

JD the 2nd ,


I found this book engrossing, I read it first many years ago, and re-reading it was like a reunion with an old friend. To allude to a minor theme in the book, I found incidents and moments within which were like treasured memories. It is a fantastical, futuristic, apocalyptic but ultimately optimistic detective story. I really enjoyed it, again. Thank you David Mitchell, I am looking forward to doing the same with Ghostwritten.

Supasy ,


A joy to read from beginning to end. Expertly written. Highly recommended

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