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- Print Length: 398 pages
- Publisher: Agamemnon Independent Publishing; Revised Edition edition (July 27, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005EZIQ8E
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.
His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.
He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).
Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.
His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.
He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.
He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.
The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...
Top Customer Reviews
The writing style incorporates unique features. The tale is wound around a "story within a story "sort of construction and two concurrent threads of mystery that only converge at the end. In addition, the author mixes in individual character background snippets that serve to explain certain aspects of the characters in the story. The mystery in the novel is well cloaked; the crime divulged but the perpetrator disguised only to be fully disclosed in the ending. In all this is a complex and very well written composition.
The prose is generally uncomplicated, although it seems to contain a number of grammatical gaffs mostly concerning verb tense. I at first attributed this to the British lilt, but it appeared to me later that it was probably not that as I encountered additional spelling and grammatical errors. These types of errors seem to be prevalent in the electronic versions of novels. At any rate, while these things are annoying, they don't materially affect the reading experience except to promote an occasional raised eyebrow or frown. The author's descriptive ability was excellent and he was able to turn scenes into vivid reality for the reader. The story's characters were well developed and memorable; again the writer's descriptive ability making them so. The author uses italic text to denote, what I called snippets, to fill the reader in on character background that is apparently not part of the manuscript that the narrator is reading. The tale is narrated by one of the characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Max" by D.M. Mitchell is a thriller that has all the ingredients you'd expect: A set of characters well distinguished of each other, a secret in the past that links at... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Meks Librarian
Starts slowly but builds to a satisfying read. I was thrown by the ending, though. Lots of dark psychological elements and some creepy characters, but worth it.Published 2 months ago by George Cox
It took me some time to get interested in Max. But then it became so interesting I had a hard time putting it down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RNolen
Excellent, as always. Lots of twists and turns, great ending! Well written. My favorite D.M. Mitchell book is still "Mouse" though.Published 12 months ago by Chi-lover
This book was very thrilling. I read it twice to fully understand the plot. This was unusual and kept me reading well into the night. Keep up the good work. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I must admit I found it hard to follow it at the beginning but continued to read just to see where it would go. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cecy
Couldn't really follow the story and wasn't interested enough in the characters to come close to finishingPublished 16 months ago by Pirate Mom 1094