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Born in Southport in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in
Malvern, Worcestershire, studying for a degree in English and
American Literature followed by an MAin 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
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
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 Atlas was shortlisted for the 2004 Man
Booker Prize for Fiction.
David Mitchell lives in Ireland. His latest novel is Black
Swan Green (2006)
We met recently in Toronto to talk
about experimentation and realism, plot, character and all
that good stuff, but also about the greatness of John Cheever,
high brow and pulp fiction, good pot boilers, the cosmos, cosmi,
connections, melding verbs, platitudinous profundities,
critics as platypus taxidermists, poetry in prose, the
originalities of happy blunders and cultural
juxtapositions, Perec’s W, monkeying with structure,
planning your funeral, evaluative criticism and the
delightful experience of reading Chekhov’s short stories.
Forty - to sixty minute interviews with accomplished authors, publishers, and sundry biblio folk, conducted by an excitable bibliophile.
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