A David Mitchell novel is always a delight, if not always an unalloyed one. For me, ‘Ghostwritten’ is still his best work, even if ‘The Bone Clocks’ is perhaps his most complex and far-branching book yet.
There is always something to like in one of his books, and always something to hate – for me, the last third of the book. Given the novel’s range, covering distant places, different years, characters and even dimensions, creating a single image that covers the scope of the book must have been a hard choice.
An elegant grey slipcase is an understated introduction to the limited edition. The cover of the book itself, in a lurid yellow is a different story. The deep embossed image of a clock whose numbers are falling away captures the fragments of Mitchell’s universe(s) perfectly.
Another example of creativity and imagination working in a book’s favour.