The Bone Clocks: A Novel
by David Mitchell
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PublisherRandom House Trade Paperbacks
Release Date2015-06-16 (added to CC 8 Sep 2015)
Amazon Sales Rank5,336
The New York Times bestseller by the author of Cloud Atlas | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize | Named One of the Top Ten Fiction Books of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, and O: The Oprah Magazine | A New York Times Notable Book | An American Library Association Notable Book | Shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award
Named to more than 20 year-end best of lists, including
NPR | San Francisco Chronicle | The Atlantic | The Guardian | Slate | BuzzFeed

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“With The Bone Clocks, [David] Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas.”—Los Angeles Times

Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.
A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a ...

Member Reviews
(8 Mar)
The plot requires us to inhabit a very different world - in that respect it's similar to Cloud Atlas. In fact this world is even stranger than Cloud Atlas. For me, the joy of the book is in the micro-stories that run through it. Hugo Lamb is such a wonderful rogue (David Mitchell excels at this imo) and Holly Sykes - our link to reality - a woman (girl initially) who needs to be and is far stronger than she appears. There are passages in this book you will feel you have to read and re read even first time through. I can't give it five stars because there isn't enough imo of either Lamb or Sykes!
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