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David Mitchell (1) (1969–)

Author of Cloud Atlas

For other authors named David Mitchell, see the disambiguation page.

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Works by David Mitchell

Associated Works

The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) — Foreword, some editions — 15,953 copies
A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) — Introduction, some editions — 15,950 copies
The Woman in the Dunes (1964) — Introduction, some editions — 3,070 copies
The Reason I Jump (2007) — Translator, some editions — 1,898 copies
Riddley Walker (1980) — Afterword, some editions — 1,335 copies
The Book of Other People (2008) — Contributor — 741 copies
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories (2004) — Contributor — 670 copies
The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands (2018) — Contributor — 413 copies
Granta 81: Best of Young British Novelists 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 273 copies
Cloud Atlas [2012 film] (2012) 257 copies
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism (2017) — Translator and Introduction, some editions — 171 copies
Granta 127: Japan (2014) — Contributor — 125 copies
Science Fiction Stories (1979) — Illustrator, some editions — 121 copies
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contributor — 111 copies
I'm With the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet (2011) — Contributor — 90 copies
How To Be Invisible (2018) — Introduction — 84 copies
A Riot of Goldfish (2010) — Foreword, some editions — 45 copies
New Writing 13 (2005) — Contributor — 17 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Mitchell, David
Legal name
Mitchell, David Stephen
Country (for map)
England, UK
Southport, Lancashire, England, UK
Places of residence
Malvern, Worcestershire, England, UK
Hiroshima, Japan
Sicily, Italy
University of Kent (BA - English and American Literature, Comparative Literature)
Yoshida, Keiko (wife)
Awards and honors
John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (1999)
Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World (2007)
Granta's Best of Young British Novelists (2003)
Short biography
David Stephen Mitchell (born 12 January 1969) is an English novelist and screenwriter.

He has written nine novels, two of which, number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also written articles for several newspapers, most notably for The Guardian, and translated several books about autism from Japanese to English.

Following the release of the 2012 film adaptation of Cloud Atlas, Mitchell started working as a screenwriter alongside Lana Wachowski, one of Cloud Atlas' three directors; together with Aleksandar Hemon, they wrote the series finale of the television series Sense8 and the upcoming film The Matrix 4.

Mitchell was born in Southport in Lancashire (now Merseyside), England, and raised in Malvern, Worcestershire. He was educated at Hanley Castle High School and at the University of Kent, where he obtained a degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A. in Comparative Literature.

Mitchell lived in Sicily for a year, then moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years, before returning to England, where he could live on his earnings as a writer and support his pregnant wife.

David Mitchell contributed the unpublished manuscript for 2015 to the Future Library project, of "From me flows what you call time". See the Guardian article; also the Bookseller article.



Cloud Atlas Group Read: Spoiler Thread Week Two in 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (October 2020)
BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE OCTOBER 2015 - DUNMORE & MITCHELL in 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (January 2016)
Slade House: First Impressions in One LibraryThing, One Book (November 2015)
2014 Booker Prize longlist: The Bone Clocks in Booker Prize (September 2014)
Chat about... Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell in The SF&F Book Chat (March 2013)
Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: Week Two in 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (July 2011)
Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: Week One in 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (June 2011)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet Group Read in 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (June 2011)
Cloud Atlas Group Read: Spoiler Thread Week One in 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (January 2011)
Cloud Atlas Group Read: General Discussion Thread in 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (January 2011)


What a beautiful and haunting piece of literature. I've adored Mitchell's work since his first novel, "Ghostwritten", and this is probably my favourite of his since then. It's too late in the evening for coherent thought, but yes, yes, a thousand times, yes.
therebelprince | 314 other reviews | Apr 21, 2024 |
Una Matrioska de relatos cuya segunda parte supera con creces a la primera. Definitivamente, David Mitchell es mi mierda.
Cabask | 681 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |
Hay relatos que me han gustado más (Tokyo y Clear Island en mi corazón) y otros que se me han atascado. Pero no deja de sorprendre como un libro de 1999 este tan de actualidad hoy en dia, excepto por la baja presencia de moviles, podria perfectamente estar ambientado hoy en dia.

Sumado a como escribe mitchell y la capa de misticismo cientifico que tiene todo de fondo, este libro es muy mi mierda.
Cabask | 120 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |


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