It’s ironic how a guy who was basically wordless for the first five years of his life has gone on to become one of the finest writers of his generation. People say expressing thoughts doesn’t require volume and for David Mitchell, his thoughts are presented in the beautiful structure of words. Now one of the most sought after writers of his generation, David Mitchell has overcome stammering to create a name for himself. Although overshadowed by in popularity by comedian Mitchell, who shares the same name, it cannot be denied that David has marked his name in the world of books. And the author is about to publish his new novel, Slade House, which is set to release on October.
What began as a 280 tweet story The Right Sort has now gone on to become a novel. The author had posted a short piece on twitter and as tweets grew and words increased, there was the birth of Slade House. How great the reception will be is still unknown but knowing David, his books are sure a great read.
Now at the age of 46, the English novelist has written six novels, three of which, Number9dream(2001), Cloud Atlas (2004), and The Bone Clocks (2014) were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has lived in Italy, Japan and Ireland. Mitchell was born in Southport in Merseyside, England, and raised in Malvern, Worcestershire. He completed his education from Hanley Castle High School and the University of Kent, where he obtained a degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A. in Comparative Literature.
Mitchell lived in Sicily for a year, then moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years. He is currently living with his wife Keiko Yoshida whom he met in Japan, and their two children in Ardfield, Clonakilty in County Cork, Ireland. In an essay for Random House, Mitchell had wrote that his visit to Japan in 1994 made him a different writer.
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 and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. In 2007, Mitchell was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World.
In 2012 his novel Cloud Atlas was made into a film. One segment of "number9dream" was made into a BAFTA nominated short film in 2011 starring Martin Freeman, titled "The Voorman Problem". In recent years he has also written opera libretti, Wake, based on the 2000 Enschede fireworks disaster. He has also finished another opera, Sunken Garden, with the Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, which premiered in 2013 by the English National Opera.
Mitchell's sixth novel, The Bone Clocks, was published on 2 September 2014. In an interview with The Spectator, Mitchell said that the novel has "dollops of the fantastic in it", and is about "stuff between life and death". The Bone Clocks was longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
Mitchell's son has autism, and in 2013 he and wife Keiko Yoshida translated into English a book written by Naoki Higashida, a 13-year-old Japanese boy with autism, titled The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism. The book was subjected to rave reviews and David was admired for the work. Now that the cover of his upcoming book has been shown on Instagram, book readers are eagerly waiting for the novel which promises to be a page-turner.