Black Swan Green
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.
Luminously beautiful. * The Times * A delight to read from beginning to end. * Sunday Express * Hugely touching and enjoyable. -- Rachel Cooke, Summer Reads * Observer * It is the best kind of contemporary fiction. * TLS * David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good . . . Black Swan Green is just gorgeous. -- Eithne Farry * Daily Mail * Black Swan Green's 'I love 1982' nostalgia is a glassy, pitch-perfect, mock-innocent surface through which something rotten might appear. -- Ali Smith * Sunday Telegraph *
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