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David Mitchell

UK flag (b.1969)

David Mitchell was born in 1969 and his first novel, Ghostwritten, was published by Sceptre in 1999 to great acclaim and won the Mail on Sunday / John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. His second novel, Number9dream (2001) was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He was chosen as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists 2003.

Genres: Science Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction
Non fiction
   Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight (2017) (with Naoki Higashida)
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2001) : Number9dream
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2001) : Number9dream
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2004) : Cloud Atlas
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2004) : Cloud Atlas
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2005) : Cloud Atlas
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (2005) : Cloud Atlas
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book winner (2005) : Cloud Atlas
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2006) : Black Swan Green
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : Black Swan Green
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2010) : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2011) : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2014) : The Bone Clocks
World Fantasy Best Novel winner (2015) : The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell recommends
Silence (1966)
Shūsaku Endō
"One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere . . . Flawless."
Maps for Lost Lovers (2003)
Nadeem Aslam
"Thoughtful, revealing, lushly written and painful, this timely book deserves the widest audience."
Strangers (2003)
Taichi Yamada
"Highly recommended. A cerebral and haunting ghost story, which completely wrong-footed me."
Cold Skin (2005)
Albert Sánchez Piñol
"A troubling, hammering but glorious novel."
CrocAttack! (2010)
Assaf Gavron
"Unflinching and compassionate."
Other People's Money (2011)
Justin Cartwright
"Other People's Money is wise, droll and beautiful fiction."
The Buried Giant (2012)
Kazuo Ishiguro
"If forced at knife-point to choose my favourite Ishiguro novel, I’d opt for The Buried Giant. It uses the tropes of fantasy to set up a smoke-screen which the book then, by twists and turns, dispels. This reveal gives the book a shadow-plot, and layers of mystery . . . An ideas-enabler, a metaphor-animator."
Stay Up With Me (2013)
Tom Barbash
"Tom Barbash's wise and bittersweet stories map the gulfs between us, and the unexpected connections."
All Involved (2015)
(All Involved)
Ryan Gattis
"A symphonic, pitch-perfect, superlative novel. It is visceral and adrenalin-fuelled, yet tender and even darkly comic. It is audacious, unflinching and subversive. It doesn't judge. It swallowed me whole."
Census (2018)
Jesse Ball
"Census is a vital testament to selfless love; a psalm to commonplace miracles; and a mysterious evolving metaphor. So kind, it aches."
Waste Tide (2019)
Chen Qiufan
"An accomplished eco-techno-thriller with heart and soul."
Piranesi (2020)
Susanna Clarke
"What a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being, what a tick-tock-tick-tock of reveals, what a pure protagonist, what a morally squalid supporting cast, what beauty, tension and restraint, and what a pitch-perfect ending. Piranesi is an exquisite puzzle-box far, far bigger on the inside than it is on the outside."
The Island of Missing Trees (2021)
Elif Shafak
"A wise novel of love and grief, roots and branches, displacement and home, faith and belief. THE ISLAND OF MISSING TREES is balm for our bruised times."
The Book of Form and Emptiness (2021)
Ruth Ozeki
"This compassionate novel of life, love and loss glows in the dark. Its strange, beautiful pages turn themselves. If you’ve lost your way with fiction over the last year or two, let The Book of Form and Emptiness light your way home."
I Was the President's Mistress!! (2022)
Miguel Syjuco
"A super-typhoon of a novel. A Babel of rogues, survivors and shape-shifters. A polemic against corruption and greed. A sassy, swerving mini-series, touched by grace and beauty. A Filipino Bonfire of the Vanities for our beleaguered times. An uncompromising work of art."
The Mountain in the Sea (2022)
Ray Nayler
"I loved this novel's brain and heart, its hidden traps, sheer propulsion, ingenious world-building and the purity of its commitment to luminous ideas."

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