December 31, 2014

Getting to know David Mitchell

January's reading challenge is only one day away and one important question needs to be answered: Who is David Mitchell?

First of all, he is an English novelist born in 1969 and he has lived in Italy, Japan and Ireland. So far he has written six novels (those we will be reading in January), two of which were shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize (number9dream and Cloud Atlas). The other three were longlisted for The Man Booker Prize (Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks), while Ghostwritten has won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for the best book by a writer under 35. In 2003 David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.

Official Website:
David Mitchell's Profile in The Man Booker Prizes' Website:

An interesting video in which the author discusses the Writing Process

Last but not least, here is an interview of the novelist discussing his debut novel Ghostwritten: 

These are just the basic information on who David Mitchell is. I hope that during this month we will be able to learn more about his work and what he has to offer in contemporary literature. 


  1. As I have already said, I cheated and I have started reading Ghostwritten. It's quite interesting to put a face to the lines and words you currently read. How the writer felt about his book, how he sees his work, and how different each reader vs. writer perceives it in his own way. Can't wait to finish the book and discuss it with you ;)

    1. Well, it would be too much but I hope that these posts will become some sort of guide for this author. Sometimes simple facts about the life of the writer can open new roads towards his philosophy and understanding of his work.


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