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David Mitchell

David Mitchell is best known as the author of the passionately adored literary bestseller Cloud Atlas, a subversive and seductive novel with a messiah-like following (and sales of nearly a million copies worldwide). ‘David Mitchell is a superb storyteller,’ says James Woods in the New Yorker. ‘He can get a narrative rolling along faster than most writers, so that it is filled with its own mobile life. You feel that he can do anything he wants, in a variety of modes, and still convince.’ His fans include the Wachowskis (who made Cloud Atlas into an Oscar-nominated film), Hilary Mantel and Kazuo Ishiguro, who says, ‘reading David for the first time, I was exhilarated’.

His latest novel, The Bone Clocks, has been hailed as his best book since that masterpiece … and it’s equally bizarre, beautiful and challenging.

Fifteen-year-old Holly runs away after a fight with her mother and boyfriend (so far, so normal) and is quickly absorbed by a dangerous cabal of mystics and their enemies, due to her attraction of psychic phenomena. The unsolved mystery of her ‘lost weekend’ will echo through every decade of her life, affecting everyone she loves. This kaleidoscopic novel travels from the Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a Shanghai hotel to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future.

Be taken on a journey by this wildly imaginative novelist, whose historical sweep, mastery of his craft and sheer inventiveness have made him one of the most lauded and loved novelists of our age. In conversation with Suzanne Donisthorpe.


Portrait of David Mitchell

David Mitchell

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.

Portrait of Suzanne Donisthorpe

Suzanne Donisthorpe

Suzanne Donisthorpe worked for 23 years on every incarnation of the books and arts programs on ABC Radio National until the beginning of 2015. She is a published author. Her novel getting Up – about a teenage graffiti artist, set in Melbourne in 1989 – was published by Momentum under the nom de plume SD Thorpe. She works as an artist collaborator with her partner, sculptor Frank Veldze. 

Ten Days in May

This May, join us as we welcome guests from Sydney Writers’ Festival to Melbourne.

You’ll meet genre-hopping writer Jonathan Lethem, find a clearer path to happiness with Paul Dolan, explore counterinsurgency and ethnography with David Kilcullen and Robert Manne, and catch up with international children’s publishing sensation David Walliams — often dubbed ‘the new Roald Dahl’.

Plus: hear from literary magician David Mitchell, delve into various beginnings with legendary playwright and novelist Michael Frayn, learn about the turning points in master biographer Claire Tomalin’s own life, and examine textual intimacy with Booker-winning poet and author Ben Okri.

Presented in partnership with Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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