The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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This is a fabulous tale! It starts in the mid-1980’s in the English countryside when 15-year-old Holly Sykes storms away from home over her first-love - an older boy who does her wrong so fast its barely even mentionable. Earlier in Holly’s life she heard voices and had visits from what other’s chalked up to an imaginary friend. But it was never imaginary for Holly, and she is quite sane. The novel skips forward and around the globe, introducing several other interesting characters, all of whom have compelling stories of their own. There are sci-fi elements to this story, but, as a non-sci-fi reader re-assured me, this is NOT a sci-fi novel. Or at least that’s not a very significant portion, although there are some rather fantastical elements. What this IS, is a story of life, culture, loving, what lasts, and what is merely transitory. Many twists and turns, and utterly compelling, you may likely want to read it more than once. There is a good reason this ended up on the long list for the 2014 Booker prize. Check our catalog

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