Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton
The film tie-in edition of David Mitchell's prize-winning novel.
By the author of THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, David Mitchell's bestselling and Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, one of Richard & Judy's 100 Books of the Decade, CLOUD ATLAS has now been adapted for film. The major motion picture, directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant.
The novel features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified diner server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation. The narrators of CLOUD ATLAS hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changes in ways great and small.
An impeccable dance of genres . . . an elegiac, radiant festival of prescience, meditation and entertainment. - The Times
Impeccably structured novel of ideas in many voices by a talent to watch. - Literary Editor's Best Books, Observer
The best novel of the year so far . . . a thrilling ride of a story - Observer
David Mitchell has fast established himself as a novelist of considerable authority and power ... Anyone who read his remarkable debut, or its successor, NUMBER9DREAM, will instantly recognise the characteristic moves and bold gestures of this amazing extravaganza. His novels have a gleefully kelptomaniac air, moving from the most tawdry thrills to thunderous, visionary spectacle; they are unlike anything else, and you emerge from them dazed, amazed, unsure of the exact nature of the overwhelming experience ... a tremendous novel ... CLOUD ATLAS is one of the most shamelessly exciting books imaginable ... Mitchell is a novelist who knows exactly what he is doing, and one who is always one or two steps ahead of the reader; and at the end it seems to evaporate like the best dream you ever had. - Philip Hensher, Spectator
(A) virtuoso performance...deeply impressive - The Daily Telegraph
A complete narrative pleasure - The Guardian
The best novel of the year so far ... a thrilling ride of a story - Philip Hensher, Summer Reading, Observer
Remarkable and enjoyable book - Lytham St Annes Express
(contains) extreme imaginative fluency - The Sunday Times
Mitchell's storytelling in CLOUD ATLAS is of the best. I was, appropriately, captivated. - Independent
A remarkable book ... there won't be a bigger, bolder novel this year. - Guardian
His most accomplished achievement to date...a novel in the biggest, most exhilarating sense. - The Observer
An intense, arcing colossus of a book whose narrative links, supplied by the voices of six main characters, are spun out into a unified theory of everything : history, human evolution, science, the will to powe
Born in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from Kent University, he taught English in Japan, where he wrote his first novel, Ghostwritten. Published in 1999, it was awarded the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and in 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. His third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize, and adapted for film in 2012. It was followed by Black Swan Green, shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. Both were also longlisted for the Booker.
In 2013, The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice From the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida was published in a translation from the Japanese by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. It was an immediate bestseller in the UK and later in the US as well.