• by David Mitchell
  • Narrated by various
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what connects him to a jazz buff in Tokyo?
A woman on a holy mountain talks to a tree, and the tree talks back, unaware of the effect the financial irregularities of a burnt-out lawyer will have on her life.
Add to this a Mongolian gangster, a redundant English spy in Petersburg with a knack for forging masterpieces, a despondent "zookeeper", a nuclear scientist, a ghostwriter, a ghost, and a late night New York DJ whose hard-boiled scepticism has been his undoing. All of them have tales to tell, and all must play their part as they are caught up in the inescapable forces of cause and effect.


What the Critics Say

"One of the best first novels I've read in a long time...I couldn't put it down." (Mail on Sunday)
"Nine disparate but interconnected tales (and a short coda) in Mitchell's impressive debut examine 21st-century notions of community, coincidence, causality, catastrophe, and fate....Mitchell's wildly variegated story can be abstruse and elusive in its larger themes, but the gorgeous prose and vibrant, original construction make this an accomplishment not to be missed." (Publishers Weekly)


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Uneven and unsatisfactory

The stories set in the West were very good while those in the East were dull and meaningless. The links between the stories were tenuous.
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- Sukemin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2007
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited