Prizes and awards
1999 Guardian First Book Award (shortlist) Ghostwritten
1999 Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize Ghostwritten
2001 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction) (shortlist) number9dream
2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction (shortlist) number9dream
2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction (shortlist) Cloud Atlas
2005 British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award Cloud Atlas
2005 British Book Awards Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year Cloud Atlas
2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book) (shortlist) Cloud Atlas
2006 Costa Novel Award (shortlist) Black Swan Green
2006 Quill Book Award (USA) (general fiction - shortlist) Black Swan Green
2007 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region Best Book) (shortlist) Black Swan Green
David Mitchell was born in Southport, Merseyside, in England, raised in Malvern, Worcestershire, and educated at the University of Kent, studying for a degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A. in Comparative Literature. He lived for a year in Sicily, 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. After another stint in Japan, he currently lives in Clonakilty, Ireland, with his wife Keiko and their two children. In an essay for Random House, Mitchell wrote: "I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, but until I came to Japan to live in 1994 I was too easily distracted to do much about it. I would probably have become a writer wherever I lived, but would I have become the same writer if I'd spent the last 6 years in London, or Cape Town, or Moose Jaw, on an oil rig or in the circus? This is my answer to myself."
Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), moves around the globe, from Okinawa to Mongolia to pre-Millennial New York City, as nine narrators tell stories that interlock and intersect. The novel won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (for best work of British literature written by an author under 35) and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His two subsequent novels, number9dream(2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. In 2007, Mitchell was listed amongTime magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. Mitchell's American editor at Random House is novelist David Ebershoff.
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