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Join David Mitchell to talk about THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, our September Book of the Month, on Wed 28 September, 9-10pm

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TillyBookClub Thu 01-Sep-11 22:58:05

September's Author of the Month has been named as one of the most influential novelists in the world. David Mitchell has twice been shortlisted for the Booker and his novels attract vast numbers of readers and glowing reviews alike.

His latest book, THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, is a masterpiece of historical fiction. Set in 1799, in the Japanese trading port of Dejima (run by the Dutch East India Trading Company, it is Japan's only window to the outside world), the novel follows young Dutchman Jacob de Zoet's struggle to win his fortune, battle with corruption and begin his love affair with the beautiful but scarred Japanese midwife who is dangerously close to the local Samurai lord. Ambitious, poetic, pacy, full of detail and immaculately researched - this is a novel that creates a world so fully realised that you become utterly engulfed in its pages.

We have 100 free copies for Mumsnetters - find out more at our book of the month page.

And get your paperback or Kindle version now.

We're delighted that David will be joining us for the chat on Wednesday 28 September 9-10pm. Look forward to seeing you there.

ThatllDoPig Thu 01-Sep-11 23:01:15

Is he the one off Mitchell and Webb then?! Hope so, I love him.

RoundOrangeHead Fri 02-Sep-11 10:48:25

no, it's the proper one wink

RoundOrangeHead Fri 02-Sep-11 10:53:45

I loved this book, but read the whole thing pronouncing Zoet like Moet, which is apparently wrong

sfxmum Fri 02-Sep-11 11:23:04

so excited must try not to disgracefully go all fangirl
<goes off to think of intelligent questions to ask>
one of my favourite writers smile

pinkthechaffinch Fri 02-Sep-11 12:23:38

Ooh, it sounds like a good read, hope I get a free copy.

TillyBookClub Fri 02-Sep-11 13:15:14

Thatlldopig, i love your nickname. It's not the TVcomic/Radio4quiz show/newspapercolumnist David Mitchell, but I can promise you that this one is even better.

TillyBookClub Fri 02-Sep-11 13:38:12

And a quick note to say don't worry if you are getting an Out of Office reply to your free copy email. Your requests are getting through and we will post on here as usual when all copies have gone.

browneyesblue Fri 02-Sep-11 17:19:33

Love his books! Am secretly hoping that the book-shaped birthday present sat on my cupboard is his new book.

If not, I'll be trying for a free copy smile

Bearcrumble Fri 02-Sep-11 18:00:58

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pithtaker Fri 02-Sep-11 18:11:54

omg, i love this man, or at least I love his books. Will be here for this.x

pithtaker Fri 02-Sep-11 18:12:37

Argh! where the F..,l mk did that X come from?

sfxmum Fri 02-Sep-11 18:23:05

fangirl Pithtaker grin

Fillybuster Fri 02-Sep-11 18:50:55

I've already bought it TWICE (hardback, then paperback for holiday)...bloody excellent book and I adore David Mitchell (just finished Black Swan Green this morning)...hurrah! 28th is in diary grin

<so stupidly fangirl it would be pointless to try to hide it....>

browneyesblue Fri 02-Sep-11 19:01:50

Boo - different book received wink

email sent - fingers crossed

colette Fri 02-Sep-11 21:34:30

I am reading this book from the library, it is great really does take you to another world. I am reading it in bed and fallling asleep whilst I am reading .
Love this author

sfxmum Fri 02-Sep-11 22:00:27

The thing about Mitchell was that I stumbled quite by accident on
number9dream and was instantly excited engaged and kept reading those fantastic sentences, and was desperate to read whatever he was to write next, it turns out it was already written Hurrahgrin it was a long wait for his 3rd, but I must confess I was a tiny bit miffed when it became so successful, no longer just mine (deluded)

I am always looking forward to whatever comes next, really love everything about the way he writes. It is exciting to 'discover' a writer as he is writing, all my other favourites. at this level had been writing for many years when I found them

Alicious Sat 03-Sep-11 20:45:52

Email sent-I can't wait for the 28th-I am a huge fan! David Mitchell is an amazing author-yay! smile

shareatip Mon 05-Sep-11 17:21:01

A very, very disturbing theme to this book but his beautiful writing style and ability to create a story... the best I've come across. I will join!!! (How do I join???? )

Read Thousand Autumns so long ago now, I may need to refresh my memory.

SpeedyGonzalez Mon 05-Sep-11 20:10:40

Would LOVE to read this; I absolutely adored Cloud Atlas. Sadly I very much doubt I'll get the chance to read as much as I'd like by the end of the month, so I just want to say David Mitchell you are an amazing writer. grin

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Sep-11 14:48:43


A very, very disturbing theme to this book but his beautiful writing style and ability to create a story... the best I've come across. I will join!!! (How do I join???? )

Read Thousand Autumns so long ago now, I may need to refresh my memory.

Hi, it's 'join' in the loosest sense. Essentially, if you've read one of David Mitchell's books and have a question for him, then please join us on the evening of 28 September - he'll be on Mumsnet from 9-10pm.

If you can't make the live chat, then post your question anyway and read the discussion through at your leisure at a later date.

And regular book clubbers, please note the later time (we figured 8pm was still too close to children's bedtimes for lots of you).

sfxmum Tue 06-Sep-11 14:58:43

yes thank you for the later time, we follow European times at ourswink

perhaps I missed the point but I never really felt the 'theme' were the babies

WhipMeIndiana Tue 06-Sep-11 21:13:26

am waiting with fingers crosses <makes typing a challenge> to see if I blagged won a free copy, sounds a very intruiging read

IamtheSnorkMaiden Tue 06-Sep-11 22:36:18

This book was unanimously loved by my reading group, as was Cloud Atlas. That man is just far too clever for his own good. A shit-hot writer. Love him.

skorpion Wed 07-Sep-11 11:57:13

I just love, love his books! No doubt about it, shameless fan here... blush

Read Ghostwritten many times and found Thousand Autumns so beautifully sad.

Off to think of an intelligent question without giggles and blushing......

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