Meet the Candidate — David Mitchell author of “Cloud Atlas”

There’s a lot of info on David Mitchell, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Cloud Atlas. Here’s a brief bio from the British Council Literature Team:

Born in Southport in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Malvern, Worcestershire, studying for a degree in English and American Literature followed by an MA in Comparative Literature, at the University of Kent.
He lived for a year in Sicily before moving to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years, before returning to England.

In his first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), nine narrators in nine locations across the globe tell interlocking stories. This novel won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

His second novel, number9dream (2001), was shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for fiction. It is set in modern day Tokyo and tells the story of Eiji Miyake’s search for his father. In 2003 David Mitchell was named by Granta magazine as one of twenty ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. In his third novel, Cloud Atlas (2004), a young Pacific islander witnesses the nightfall of science and civilisation, while questions of history are explored in a series of seemingly disconnected narratives. Cloud Atlaswas shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and was followed byBlack Swan Green (2006).

David Mitchell lives in Ireland. His most recent book is The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010), winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize (South Asia and Europe Region, Best Book).

If you’re wondering how David Mitchell writes, take a look at the video below where he discusses his writing process:

For more about Mitchell, check out the selection of sites, interviews and articles below to round out your knowledge of his talent.

Official David Mitchell website

From the New York Times Magazine: David Mitchell, Experimentalist (interview)
From The Paris Review: David Mitchell, The Art of Fiction (interview)
From The Washington Post:  Q&A Book World Talks with David Mitchell (interview)
From The New Yorker: The Floating Library (critique)
From The Telegraph:  David Mitchell talks about Cloud Atlas Film (article)

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