David Mitchell Biography
David Mitchell was born in Southport in 1969 and grew up in Malvern,
Worcestershire. He studied 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.
His first novel, Ghostwritten, was published in 1999, it tells the
story of nine narrators in nine locations across the globe who tell interlocking
stories. It 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 Granta magazine named David Mitchell one of twenty 'Best of
Young British Novelists'. In his latest 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. Black Swan Green was published in 2006.
He lives in Ireland.
This biography was last updated on 05/24/2010.
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