A metaphysical thriller, a meditation on mortality and a chronicle of our self-devouring times - from the masterful David Mitchell.

Teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Despite flashes of precognition and brief lapses in the laws of reality, decades will pass before Holly fully understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking. For Holly Sykes - daughter, sister, mother, guardian - is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may yet prove to be its decisive weapon.

The Man Booker Prize 2014
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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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