Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.
A magnificent achievement and an engrossing experience, David Mitchell’s first novel announced the arrival of one of the most exciting writers of the twenty-first century.
An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what links him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? Or to a Mongolian gangster, a woman on a holy mountain who talks to a tree, and a late night New York DJ?
Set at the fugitive edges of Asia and Europe, Ghostwritten weaves together a host of characters, their interconnected destinies determined by the inescapable forces of cause and effect.
Fabulously atmospheric and wryly perceptive . . . a huge new talent. -- Books of the Year * Guardian * If you want to know what the distinctive literature of the 21st century will look like, begin here. -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent * The best first novel I have read in ages . . . it beguiles, informs, shocks and captivates. -- William Boyd * Daily Telegraph * A remarkable novel by a young writer of remarkable talent. * Observer * One of the best first novels I've read in a long time . . . I couldn't put it down. -- AS Byatt * Mail on Sunday * An astonishing debut. * Independent *
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