Slade House
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Slade House

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Turn down Slade Alley – narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you’re looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn’t quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies.

A stranger greets you and invites you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t.

This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and comes to its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe’en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a ‘guest’ is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs . . .

 

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR David
Mitchell

David Mitchell is one of the most acclaimed authors of his generation. He has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and longlisted four times, as well as won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes, and the Richard and Judy Best Read. He was also selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2007.

His previous novels are Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, which was adapted for film in 2012, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

David Mitchell is one of the most acclaimed authors of his generation. He has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and longlisted four times, as well as won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes, and the Richard and Judy Best Read. He was also selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2007.

His previous novels are Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, which was adapted for film in 2012, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Slade House is an atmospheric book, full of imagination and skill. The book offers a richness of dialogue and concepts that are enchanting.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
27/10/2015
Publisher
Sceptre

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