From the author of the best selling novel "Cloud Atlas".
David Mitchell comes home - to England, 1982, and the cusp of adolescence. Jason Taylor is 13, doomed to be growing up in the most boring family in the deadest village ("Black Swan Green") in the dullest county (Worcestershire) in the most tedious nation (England) on earth. And he stammers. 13 chapters, each as self-contained as a short story, follow 13 months in his life as he negotiates the pitfalls of school and home and contends with bullies, girls and family politics. In the distance, the Falklands conflict breaks out; close at hand, the village mobilises against a gypsy camp. And through Jason's eyes, we see what he doesn't know he knows - and watch unfold what will make him wish his life had been as uneventful as he had believed. Vividly capturing the mood of the times - high unemployment, Cold War politics and the sunset of agrarian England - this is at once a portrait of an era and of an age: the black hole between childhood and teenagerdom.
David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good...BLACK SWAN GREEN is just gorgeous.' -- Daily Mail 'A delight to read from beginning to end' -- Sunday Express 'Luminously beautiful' -- The Times 'I do hope to read a better British novel this year, but I can't honestly say that I expect to.' -- David Robertson, Scotsman 'Mitchell is just about the best writer operating in Britain today...a novel that, like each of its predecessors, sticks in the back of your head for weeks after you've finished it.' -- Arena
I bought this in the Telford branch today, it's the large paperback format with the green cover - there were about 2 -3 more copies left earlier on today.
I've read all his other books and couldn't believe this was only a pound, obviously though considering the store I was in...but you know what I mean...£5.99 on Amazon.