I’ve never read anything by David Mitchell, but this cover caught my eye, for obvious reasons. THE BONE CLOCKS, the latest novel by the author of Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, is due to be published by Sceptre Books (an imprint of Hodder) in September 2014. I think it sounds pretty interesting, too. Here’s the synopsis:
The kaleidoscopic story of an unusual woman’s life, a metaphysical thriller and a profound meditation on mortality and survival.
One drowsy summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for “asylum”. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking…
The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly’s life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up – a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes – daughter, sister, mother, guardian – is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.
Metaphysical thriller, meditation on mortality and chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Here is fiction at its spellbinding and memorable best.