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THE BONE CLOCKS: THE DELUXE EDITION by  David Mitchell - Signed First Edition - 2014 - from Modern Rare and


by Mitchell, David

Condition: As New/No Dust Jacket, As Issued.

London, England: Sceptre/Hodder & Stoughton, 2014. First Edition. First Printing.. Hardcover. As New/No Dust Jacket, As Issued.. London, England: Sceptre/Hodder & Stoughton, 2014. Hardcover. As New/None, As Issued. First Edition/First Printing. 640 pages. The author's saga-novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. Deluxe Slipcased Edition of 500 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Foyle's Limited Edition, the Powell's "Indiespensable" Edition, and both the British and American regular trade editions. The Deluxe Slipcased Edition sold out shortly after publication. It is now scarce. As to be expected of British book-making, it is an exquisite production: "Each of these Slipcased Limited Editions is signed and numbered, has a ribbon marker, sprayed page edges, and specially-illustrated endpapers. Sealed in cellophane. All books are swathed in biodegradeable bubblewrap and posted in strong, custom-made book boxes to ensure undamaged delivery" (Publisher's blurb). Presents, in its most collectible edition format, David Mitchell's "The Bone Clocks". A feast of a book. "Perhaps the author's best to date, a saga that spans decades, characters, genres, and events from Mitchell's other novels. The structure is most similar to 'Cloud Atlas', with 'The Bone Clocks' pivoting around a central character in Holly Sykes. Each chapter is narrated from the perspective of an intersecting character, with settings ranging from England in the 1980's to the Apocalyptic Future. Each story could stand alone as a work of genius as they slowly build on Holly's unwitting role in a war between two groups with psychic powers, culminating in a thrilling showdown. A hugely entertaining page-turner, an operatic fantasy, and an often heartbreaking meditation on mortality. It's not to be missed" (Matt Kaye). Fans were openly hoping (and feverishly campaigning on social media) that it would finally catapult David Mitchell to Booker-Prize heaven. As has often been said, in any other (bad) year, "The Bone Clocks" would have been a shoo-in. But 2014 was an unusually good year for the novel in English (and a boring, very bad one for movies; there is a connection there somewhere). Booker or no Booker, "The Bone Clocks" remains an outstanding achievement that this rare phenomenon, a novelist with a global cult following, should be proud of. An absolute "must-have" title for David Mitchell collectors. <b><i> This is a sealed copy of the Deluxe Slipcased Edition of 500 numbered and signed copies. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the Deluxe Slipcased Edition, is still in the publisher's airtight shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: We are unable to provide additional scans, as we normally do, because this is our only copy. It is offered at the original list price in British pounds (or its currency equivalent). A rare signed copy thus. </b></i> One of the most brilliant novelists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID MITCHELL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1473604885.

DAVID MITCHELL is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet , Black Swan Green , Cloud Atlas , Number9Dream and Ghostwritten . Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell co-translated from the Japanese the international bestselling memoir, The Reason I Jump . He lives in Ireland with his wife and 2 children.

  • Bookseller: Modern Rare US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 19242
  • Author: Mitchell, David
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: As New
  • Jacket condition: No Dust Jacket, As Issued.
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition. First Printing.
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 1473604885
  • ISBN 13: 9781473604889
  • Publisher: Sceptre/Hodder & Stoughton
  • Place: London, England
  • Date published: 2014
  • Pages: 640


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On Nov 11 2014, CloggieDownunder said:
  "The Bone Clocks is the sixth novel by British author, David Mitchell. After an argument with her mother and an upsetting encounter with her unfaithful boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes intends to get as far from Gravesend as possible. But Holly is no ordinary teen, and a chance meeting with a strange old woman on a jetty leads to a promise with repercussions many years later.

The story is split into six parts with different narrators: a rebellious teen; a self-centred, self-serving young man; a British journalist hooked on the excitement of the Middle East; an arrogant writer with a guilty secret; an Horologist in his fortieth life; and an elderly grandmother. The narratives of those whose lives intersect with Holly’s relate the major events of her life in a roundabout way while, at the same time, telling a thrilling tale of opposing forces and the inevitable battle that ensues.

The tale is told over some six decades and jumps from small town England to a Swiss ski resort, Iraq, Hay, Columbia, Western Australia, Shanghai, Iceland, New York, Canada and Ireland. Mitchell touches on a myriad of subjects: teen angst, infatuation and true love, career/family balance, literary critics and book fairs, the curse of privilege, socially conscious pop idols, the world’s reliance on technology and the pervasiveness of the internet.

His characters comment on: ageing (It’s not just that you get old and your kids leave; it’s that the world zooms away and leaves you hankering for whatever decade you felt most comfy in”); religion (“..if you could reason with religious people, there wouldn’t be any religious people” and “Prayer may be a placebo for the disease of helplessness, but placebos can make you feel better”); and technological advances (“Some magic is normality you’re not yet used to”).

He gives them words of wisdom (“People are icebergs, with just a bit you can see and loads you can’t” and “Mum said I’d learn betrayals came in various shapes and sizes, but to betray someone’s dream is the unforgiveable one”) and some lovely descriptive prose (“The English Channel’s biro-blue; the sky’s the blue of snooker-chalk.”)

His characters are appealing and readers may find themselves wondering for some time just whose intentions are pure and whose are not; some develop in depth and integrity as the story progresses. Holly is easy to admire, resourceful and engaging; her use of the rolling pin is definitely a laugh-out-loud moment.

This is a wonderfully crafted novel, with mysterious happenings building the intrigue until things begin to fall into place with the fifth narrative. Fans of Mitchell’s earlier novels will delight in (and quite probably be excited by) the connections (characters, locations, themes) with this one. Once again, Mitchell gives the reader a brilliant novel and it will be interesting to see what he does next. "

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