The film tie-in edition of David Mitchell's prize-winning novel.
By the author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, David Mitchell's bestselling and Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, one of Richard & Judy's 100 Books of the Decade, Cloud Atlas has now been adapted for film. The major motion picture, directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant.
The novel features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a hig-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation. The narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changes in ways great and small.
About the Author
David Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten, was published in 1999, when it won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second, Number9Dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and in 2003 he was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Cloud Atlas, his third novel, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the South Bank Show Literature Prize, and the Best Literary Fiction and Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year categories in the British Book Awards, as well as being shortlisted for a further six awards including the Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It was followed by Black Swan Green, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Man Booker. His latest novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, was published in 2010.
Born in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from Kent University, he spent several years teaching in Japan, and now lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
'A remarkable book ... there won't be a bigger, bolder novel this year.' [Guardian]'An impeccable dance of genres ... an elegiac, radiant festival of prescience, meditation and entertainment.' [The Times]'His wildest ride yet ... a singular achievement, from an author of extraordinary ambition and skill' [Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday]'David Mitchell entices his readers onto a rollercoaster, and at first they wonder if they want to get off. Then - at least in my case - they can't bear the journey to end.' [AS Byatt, Guardian]'Mitchell's storytelling in CLOUD ATLAS is of the best. I was, appropriately, captivated.' [Lawrence Norfolk, Independent]
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 22nd November 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 14.3 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.38