This six-part political thriller focuses on the launch of a new BBC news program in June 1956, as the Suez Crisis is unfolding in the Middle East. The story follows the efforts of the show’s staff to reveal the tangled politics of the era.
Dominic West, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Josh McGuire, Lisa Greenwood, Anna Chancellor, John Bowe, Anton Lesser, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Oona Chaplin, Filippo Delaunay, Kostas Katsikis, Paul Chahidi, Robert Demeger, Tim Pigott-Smith, Juliet Stevenson
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation — the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.