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.

David was born in 1969 and grew up in West Country in the UK. His first novel, Ghostwritten, was published in 1999. It was awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for the best book by an author under 35 and was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award.

His second novel, number9dream, followed in 2001 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British novelists. Cloud Atlas, published in 2004, won the British Book Awards Best Literary Fiction, the South Bank Show Literature Prize, the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year and was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize. In 2006, Black Swan Green was long listed for the Man Booker Prize. In 2010, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and won The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book category for South Asia and Europe regions.

After living in Japan for several years, David Mitchell now lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.