In his only Melbourne appearance, acclaimed author David Mitchell reveals himself to be an enthusiastic, gregarious and self-effacing guest, in conversation with Melbourne Writers' Festival programming manager Jenny Niven at the Athenaeum Theatre.
The lanky Englishman begins with a reading from his fifth novel — last year’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet — before embarking on the story of that book’s genesis and its ‘uncool protagonist’.
Other topics discussed include:
writing historical fiction;
the structure of his novels;
adapting Cloud Atlas for film;
his fear of being boring;
David Mitchell appeared as a guest of The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Writers' Festival.
David Mitchell is a widely-acclaimed novelist. His novels, which include Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas, have won many awards and established his reputation as a master prose stylist. His latest book is The Bone Clocks.
Jenny Niven was the Wheeler Centre’s Associate Director. She is currently Portfolio Manager for Literature, Publishing and Languages at Creative Scotland.