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Marlborough gets a chance to hear and question five star author David Mitchell

Novelist David Mitchell once worked as a bookseller - and in case you were wondering, it was at Waterstones.  On Wednesday evening (June 17) he will be interviewed before the audience at The Theatre on the Hill by another bookseller:  Angus MacLennan - manager of Marlborough's White Horse Bookshop.

Following the interview, the audience will be able to ask questions about David Mitchell's books.

This event, organised by the White Horse Bookshop and St John's Academy, comes on the eve of the publication of the paperback edition of Mitchell's most recent novel The Bone Clocks.  Published last autumn and an international bestseller, it was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and was named by Stephen King as the best novel of 2014.

The book devotes a chapter to each decade of its main character's life - which is seen from lots of different perspectives.  Angus MacLennan describes The Bone Clocks as "semi-fantasy and semi-apocalyptic"  - "a comment on our environment" and asking whether civilisation can survive on the planet.

He believes it reads as a 'father's book':  "Once you have children your perspective on things changes. It's pretty hard-hitting - quite angry.  But it's not a lecturing book  - more a call to arms."

Mitchell has written six novels.  Two of them - number9dream and Cloud Atlas - were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

In October his seventh novel will be published.  It is called Slade House.   If asked, will he tell the audience what it is about?

The interview and question-and-answer session will start at 7.00pm on June 17 at the Theatre on the Hill, St John's Academy.  Tickets are £10 - and include a complimentary beverage.

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