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Black Swan Green /
David Mitchell.
imprint
London : Sceptre, 2006.
description
371 p.
ISBN
0340822791 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
London : Sceptre, 2006.
isbn
0340822791 (hbk.)
catalogue key
5850263
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Alex Awards, USA, 2007 : Won
Commonwealth Writers Prize, GBR, 2007 : Nominated
Costa Book Awards, GBR, 2006 : Nominated
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, USA, 2006 : Nominated
Man Booker Prize for Fiction, GBR, 2006 : Nominated
Quill Awards, USA, 2006 : Nominated
Reviews
Review Quotes
'Exceptional . . . clever, unusual, gripping and beautifully written'
'His wildest ride yet . . . a singular achievement, from an author of extraordinary ambition and skill'
'His wildest ride yet ... a singular achievement, from an author of extraordinary ambition and skill'
'The best first novel I have read in ages . . . [it] beguiles, informs, shocks and captivates.'
'The best first novel I have read in ages . . . it beguiles, informs, shocks and captivates.'
This item was reviewed in:
Chicago Tribune, April 2006
Guardian UK, April 2006
New York Times Book Review, April 2006
San Francisco Chronicle, April 2006
Washington Post, April 2006
Los Angeles Times, May 2006
Boston Globe, June 2006
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Jason is 13, doomed to be growing up in the most boring family in the deadest village (Black Swan Green) in the dullest county (Worcestershire) in the most tedious nation (England). And he stammers. This novel follows 13 months in his life, covering the pitfalls of school and home, bullies, girls and family politics.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Jason Taylor is 13, doomed to be growing up in the most boring family in the deadest village in the dullest county in the most tedious nation on earth. This book follows 13 months in his life as he negotiates the pitfalls of school and home and contends with bullies, girls and politics.
Long Description
David Mitchell comes home - to England, 1982, and the cusp of adolescence. Jason Taylor is 13, doomed to be growing up in the most boring family in the deadest village (Black Swan Green) in the dullest county (Worcestershire) in the most tedious nation (England) on earth. And he stammers. 13 chapters, each as self-contained as a short story, follow 13 months in his life as he negotiates the pitfalls of school and home and contends with bullies, girls and family politics. In the distance, the Falklands conflict breaks out; close at hand, the village mobilises against a gypsy camp. And through Jason's eyes, we see what he doesn't know he knows - and watch unfold what will make him wish his life had been as uneventful as he had believed. Vividly capturing the mood of the times - high unemployment, Cold War politics and the sunset of agrarian England - this is at once a portrait of an era and of an age: the black hole between childhood and teenagerdom.

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