OFF THE SHELF 2014 HOSTS EXCLUSIVE BOOK LAUNCH EVENT

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CLOUD ATLAS AUTHOR DAVID MITCHELL WILL BE IN CONVERSATION WITH PAUL ALLEN AT THE CRUCIBLE THEATRE ON  SEPTEMBER 1 TO DISCUSS THE LAUNCH OF HIS NEW NOVEL THE BONE CLOCKS

Off the Shelf is delighted to host an early event and to welcome world renowned author David Mitchell, who will discuss his previous works and answer questions from the audience, whilst also introducing his latest novel The Bone Clocks that has just been long listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Isobel Bowler, Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport & Leisure said; “To have such a significant, world renowned author participating in Off the Shelf demonstrates the reputation that the city’s literary festival has now achieved.”

Maria De Souza from Off the Shelf said: “We are delighted that David Mitchell has chosen Sheffield to be the first event of his books tour. The Bone Clocks is published the day after our event but those attending can buy a signed book that evening. Revered throughout the literary world, this is a unique opportunity for the people of Sheffield and elsewhere to learn more about David Mitchell the person as well as author.”

Set in 1984, The Bone Clocks, follows the life of teenage runaway Holly Sykes, from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland’s Atlantic coast as Europe’s oil dries up.

Holly’s life is not so far from the ordinary yet is punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin-air and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

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.

The Bone Clocks is Mitchell’s sixth novel, the latest achievement in an illustrious career that has seen him voted one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his third novel Cloud Atlas in 2004.

Now the subject of a blockbuster starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, Cloud Atlas also won the Richard & Judy Book of the year Award and was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction.

Mitchell’s other works include his debut novel Ghostwritten which won the Mail on Sunday/ John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for the best book by a writer under 35 following its publication in 1999.

His second novel number9dream was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Following Cloud Atlas Mitchell wrote Black Swan Green, which was longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Zoet, which was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010.

David Mitchell will be speaking at the Crucible Theatre on Monday 1st September from 7:30pm.  To book a ticket please visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call the Sheffield Theatres box office on 0114 249 6000

OFF THE SHELF (Festival of Words) Oct 11 – November 1

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