writer David Mitchell’s next novel will be "The
Bone Clocks," to be released on Sept. 9, according
to Random House. The publisher’s announcement included
new details about "The Bone Clocks" as well as
news of a three-book deal with Mitchell, a two-time
Booker Prize finalist.
Bone Clocks," Random House said, "follows
Holly Sykes, who runs away from her home in Southwest
England in 1984 and 60 years later is raising her
granddaughter on the coast of Ireland, as almost
everything about her world has changed forever. In
between Holly and the people who love her move between
the Swiss Alps in 1991, war-torn Baghdad in 2004, and
New York a decade in the future, where she joins a band
of vigilantes in a supernatural war between a predatory
cult of immortal soul-stealers."
of the elements of the "The Bone Clocks" —
different locations and time periods, including a
strange future — are common to Mitchell’s best-known
novel, "Cloud Atlas." The 2004 book, a hit at
publication, became an unexpected bestseller in 2012
during the run-up to the film version made by the
Wachowskis and Tim Twyker.
new book deal with Random House includes two additional
novels and a sequel to the nonfiction book Mitchell
translated with his wife, KA Yoshida, originally
published in Japan: "The Reason I Jump: The Inner
Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism" by
Naoki Higashida. "The Reason I Jump" hit
bestseller lists in this country and the U.K. in 2013.
am indecently proud to be continuing my relationship
with Random House in the U.S., perhaps the most
venerable yet dynamic publishing house in America
today," Mitchell said in the release.
"Everyone I’ve been privileged to work with in
the Broadway offices is a talented and committed
professional, and in David Ebershoff, with his bifocal
view of fiction as both astute editor and gifted
novelist, I am truly, crazily blessed. So here’s to
the next three books and to the future."
other novels are "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de
Zoet" (2010), "Black Swan Green" (2006),
the Booker Prize-finalist "Number9Dream"
(2001) and "Ghostwritten"(1999).
the release, Ebershoff, Random House vice president and
executive editor and Mitchell’s longtime U.S. editor,
added, "I remember David Mitchell’s first reading
in New York almost 15 years ago. There were maybe 15 or
20 people in the audience but it was clear to all of us
David was a talent unlike any we had ever countered
before. I have watched him go from unknown British
import to cult-favorite to global phenomenon."
sequel to "The Reason I Jump" will be
published in 2015. Mitchell’s two novels are slated to
be published sometime before 2021.