David Mitchell’s wry, painful and disconcertingly funny novel charts 13 months in the black hole between childhood and adolescence.

January, 1982. Thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor - covert stammerer and reluctant poet - anticipates a stultifying year in his backwater English village. But he hasn’t reckoned with bullies, simmering family discord, the Falklands War, a threatened gypsy invasion and those mysterious entities known as girls.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2006
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Sceptre
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David Mitchell

David Mitchell

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In 2018, David Mitchell won the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, given in recognition of a writer’s entire body of work.
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