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Ghostwritten

By David, Mitchell



Ghostwritten is the first novel published by the author David Mitchell. Published in 1999, it won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was widely acclaimed. The story takes place mainly around East Asia, but also moves through Russia, Britain, the USA and Ireland. It is written episodically; each chapter details a different story and central character, although they are all interlinked through seemingly coincidental events. Many of the themes from Ghostwritten continue in Mitchell's subsequent novels, number9dream and Cloud Atlas. Ghostwritten is the subject of a number of influences, particularly from East Asian culture and superstition, as well as real events remodeled for plot purposes. There are also hints and references to other works, most prominently from Isaac Asimov and the Three Laws of Robotics towards the end of the book, as well as Wild Swans by Jung Chang and The Music of Chance by Paul Auster.

  • CloggieDownunder (Thirroul): Ghostwritten is the first novel by British author, David Mitchell. Told by nine different narrators, with a plot spanning centuries and continents, this is an amazing debut novel. The narrators are a member of a doomsday cult who releases poison gas in a subway in Tokyo, and details his retreat to Okinawa and a small nearby island, Kume-jima; a jazz aficionado who works as a sales clerk in a Tokyo music store; a lawyer in a financial institution in Hong Kong who has been moving large sums of money from a certain account; a woman who owns a Tea Shack on China's Holy Mountain and speaks to a tree; a non-corporeal sentient entity which is searching for who or what it is; a gallery attendant in Petersburg who is involved in an art theft scam; a ghostwriter/drummer living in London who saves a woman from being run over by a taxi; an Irish nuclear physicist who quits her job when she finds her research is being used for military purposes; and a late night radio talkback DJ who finds himself fielding calls from an intriguing caller referring to himself as the zookeeper. Mitchell weaves together these nine narrations into a cohesive whole with vague or occasionally direct references to a myriad of common themes, characters, objects, or words (including, but not limited to, albino conger eels, camphor trees, an earth-bound comet, Kilmagoon whiskey, jazz music, cleaning toilets and artificial intelligence) in each narration. His characters muse on, ponder and articulate on various themes: love/lust; chance/fate; brainwashing; propaganda; one's own place in the world; why we are who we are; principles; and the character of London Underground Lines; There is humour, irony, intrigue, and a plentiful helping of tongue-in-cheek comments. And when Mo Muntervary tells Father Wally “Phenomena are interconnected regardless of distance, in a holistic ocean more voodoo than Newton”, she could be describing Mitchell’s own love affair with connections: fans of Mitchell's work will also recognise certain characters and concepts from his other novels, in particular, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green and number9dream. This is a brilliant debut novel.
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Available copies: Ghostwritten By David, Mitchell


Ghostwritten - A Novel in Nine Parts

MITCHELL, David

Sceptre, London., 1999. First edition. Octavo. pp [x], 436. Card pictorial wrappers - there was no hardback issue. This was his first book.Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title-page: ''To Neil & Ali with wine & roast [drawing of a sheep or cow] - David Mitchell - Aug 99''. The recipient is the publisher Neil Taylor; David Mitchell was among several leading British novelists whose work he edited.Fine. A significant association copy.

  • Published: 1999
Sold by: Peter Ellis bookseller
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Ghostwritten - A Novel in Nine Parts

MITCHELL, David

Sceptre, London., 1999. Proof copy of the first edition. Octavo. pp [x], 436. Card wrappers with a picture of the author on the front. His first book.Faint bump to text block at bottom corner, otherwise fine.

  • Published: 1999
Sold by: Peter Ellis bookseller
$573.23

Ghostwritten: A Novel

Mitchell, David

Random House. Softcover. 0679463046 SIGNED SOFTCOVER Advance Reader's Edition. Published by Random House in 2000. Signed on the title page where Mitchell has crossed out/doodled over his name. Virtually no wear to the book. Covers are clean and bright. Edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The book itself is in Fine condition with no bumps or marks. The binding is straight and tight. NO remainder mark. Oversize and heavy items may require additional postage. ; Signed by Author . Fine. 2000. First Edition.

  • Published: 2000
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: First Edition
  • ISBN: 9780679463047
Sold by: The Book Scouts
$604.99

Ghostwritten: A Novel in Nine Parts

Mitchell, David

London: Sceptre, 1999. Softcover. VG+. True first, signed by David Mitchell on title page. Light bump to top front edge, merest bumps to corners. Tight, clean and signed.

  • Published: 1999
  • Condition: VG+
Sold by: West Side Books
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Ghostwritten

Mitchell, David

Sceptre (Hodder & Stoughton), 1999. First British (and true first) Edition (first printing). The debut novel by the author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS, a collection of nine different tales set all over the globe which interconnect as the narrative proceeds. Fine in pictorial wraps as issued. Signed by Mitchell on the title page. . Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Soft Cover. Fine/No Jacket.

  • Published: 1999
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • ISBN: 9780340739747
Sold by: Bill Leone, Bookseller ABAA
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Ghostwritten

Mitchell, David

London, UK: Sceptre, 1999. Book. Near Fine. Soft cover. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. First UK Edition, First Printing. This true first edition, first printing (first impression) with a full numberline starting with '1' to the copyright page to indicate a true first print. A paperback original with no hardcover edition printed, this copy has a small crease and bump to the spine otherwise clean tight and unmarked. SIGNED and DATED by David Mitchell, laid in is a event program to where the book was signed. [David Mitchell, 12th Sept 2014].

  • Published: 1999
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • ISBN: 9780340739747
Sold by: Kelleher Rare Books
$231.21

Ghostwritten (SIGNED 1st impression 1st ed 1999 Sceptre trade paperback)

David Mitchell

Sceptre, 1999. First Edition. Softcover. Good Condition. Signed by Author. ~~SIGNED BY AUTHOR TO TITLE-PAGE~~VG- 1st impression 1st 1999 Sceptre trade paperback, lovely cover artwork, issued in trade paperback and no hardback in the UK. Signed by David Mitchell with doodle across his name on the title page, boldly signed in black marker. Light spine creases, ex-owner name and date to fly-leaf corner in pen, pages a little dulled else VG and unmarked. More by this author available Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Signed by Author. ISBN: 0340739746. ISBN/EAN: 9780340739747. Inventory No: 031063..

  • Published: 1999
  • Condition: Good Condition
  • Edition: First Edition
  • ISBN: 9780340739747
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GHOSTWRITTEN

Mitchell, David

NY: RANDOM HOUSE.. 2000. First Edition. 0679463046 . First American Edition & First hardcover edition. REVIEW COPY. (3 pages of publisher's material laid-in) About fine in a fine dj. (Slight hint of a bump at upper edge of spine) Author's acclaimed FIRST novel. (GC) .

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Ghostwritten

Mitchell, David

Sceptre (Hodder & Stoughton), 1999. First British (and true first) Edition (first printing). The debut novel by the author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS, a collection of nine differernt tales set all over the globe which interconnect as the narrative proceeds. Near Fine in pictorial wraps as issued -- very light creasing to the spine. Signed by Mitchell on the title page. . Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket.

  • Published: 1999
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • ISBN: 9780340739747
Sold by: Bill Leone, Bookseller ABAA
$200.00

Ghostwritten (SIGNED)

Mitchell, David

New York: Random House, 2000. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. SIGNED by the author directly on the title page without inscription (signature only). First printing of the first American edition (and first hardcover edition) with "First Edition" stated and full number line ending with "2" on the copyright page, then Random House's method for indicating the first printing. First-issue dust jacket with publisher's $24.95 price on front flap. Cloud Atlas author's first novel. Book-signing event flier is laid in. FINE book in FINE dust jacket. Book is bright, crisp, clean and unworn, tight and square, with an immaculate interior appearing unread. No previous owner's signature. Dust jacket is practically as new and is protected in an archival mylar cover..

  • Published: 2000
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: First Edition
  • ISBN: 9780679463047
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GHOSTWRITTEN

Mitchell, David

NY: Random House, 2000. Advance Reader's Copy (ARC) for the first US edition. Illustrated perfect-bound wraps. Signed by Mitchell on the title page. NY booksigning event flyer laid-in. Unread copy in Fine condition.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Advance Reader's Copy. Thed images are of the book described and not stock photos.

  • Published: 2000
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: First Edition
  • ISBN: 9780679463047
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Ghostwritten

David Mitchell

Random House, 2000. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine. Random House, New York 2000. First American Edition / First Printing. Stated First Edition, Full Random House numberline with 2 present. The first edition statement was removed with later printings. Original jacket priced at $24.95 at the front flap. Signed by David Mitchell on the title page. Inscribed "To Darlene with thanks." The Inscription is Guaranteed. Book Condition: Near Fine+, clean boards, tight spine, soft shelf wear. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine, wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.

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Ghostwritten [Paperback](Chinese Edition)

David Mitchell()

Random House. paperback. New. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.Paperback Pages Number: 448 Language: English Publisher: Random House Book Description Sensation upon a its publication in England. Ghostwritten - now in paperback - is the story of nine strangers in nine countries whose lives are entwined in a Strange the chain of circumstance. Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back.

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Ghostwritten: A Novel

Mitchell, David

Random House. Hardcover. 0679463046 1st edition 1st printing - very slight stain to page edge - otherwise dust jacket cover and binding like new contents clean - now in mylar cover - enjoy . Fine.

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Ghostwritten : A Novel (UK PBO 1st)

Mitchell, David"

Sceptre - Hodder Headline, 1999. UK first impression paperback original. Good only with creasing to spine, slight lean and some faint marks to bottom page edges. Sceptre 1999. 0.0 0.0" 0.0 0.0. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Good.

  • Published: 1999
  • Condition: Good
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • ISBN: 9780340739747
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GHOSTWRITTEN

Mitchell, David

NY: RANDOM HOUSE.. 2000. First Edition. Paperback. 0340769726 . First American Edition. ADVANCE READING COPY. Close to fine in pictorial printed wrappers. (Slight hint of shelf wear to edges) Author's FIRST book. (B) .

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GHOSTWRITTEN

Mitchell, David

NY: Random House. NF. 2000. Advance Reader's Copy. Softcover; First Printing. Unread in pictorial wrappers. .

  • Published: 2000
  • Condition: NF
  • Edition: Advance Reader's Copy
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Ghostwritten: A Novel

David Mitchell

Random House. 1st. Hardcover. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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Ghostwritten: A Novel

Mitchell, David

Random House. Hardcover. 0679463046 1st edition 1st printing - minor wear to edge of dust jacket (now in mylar cover) minor staining to page edge - otherwise cover fine binding strong contents clean - enjoy . Very Good.

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GHOSTWRITTEN

Mitchell, David

New York: Random House, 2000. 430 [6] pages. White lettering on the spine, black lettering on a pictorial front cover. Very minor bumping to the corners. A fine, unread copy of this Advance Reader's Edition of this novel.. Advance Reader's Edition. Trade Paperback. Near Fine/No Dust Jacket. 6 x 9. Fiction.

  • Published: 2000
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: Advance Reader's Edition
  • ISBN: 9780679463047
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