Tuesday, August 08, 2006

‘Black Swan Green’ by David Mitchell

7 July 2006

I’ve just finished reading ‘Black Swan Green’ by David Mitchell. I’ve really enjoyed all four of his novels and, while this year in the life of a 13-year old boy in the Malverns in 1982 is less ambitious and more subtle than ‘Cloud Atlas’, ‘Ghostwritten’ or (my favourite) ‘number9dream’, I found it believable and touching. When we saw David Mitchell at the Oxford Literary Festival last year, he read us extracts from the unpublished manuscript of ‘Black Swan Green’ and scribbled a few amendments based on the audience reaction so it was fun trying to spot the bits of the book we helped to write!



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