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David Mitchell - Author

About the Author

Born in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from Kent University, he taught English in Japan, where he wrote his first novel, Ghostwritten. Published in 1999, it was awarded the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and in 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. His third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize, and adapted for film in 2012. It was followed by Black Swan Green, shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. Both were also longlisted for the Booker. In 2013, The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice From the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida was published in a translation from the Japanese by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. It was an immediate bestseller in the UK and later in the US as well.

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Featured books by David Mitchell

Other books by David Mitchell

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

Author: David Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

** THE NEW BOOK FROM THE AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN AND WRITER** 'Mitchell is an exceptionally clever, eloquent and spot-on commentator. We should be grateful for him.' Daily Mail David Mitchell's 2014 bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think - because everything's got worse. We've gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It's probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up. But if you're determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell's attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell's unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. Read this book and slightly change your life! 'Mitchell combines breathtaking general knowledge with withering wit.' Guardian

Waldorf Education

Waldorf Education

Author: David Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2020

Parents have more choice than ever before about how their children are educated. Steiner (or 'Waldorf') education is an increasingly popular option, with parents drawn to its focus on the development of individual children, rather than shoe-horning children into a one-size-fits-all system. But many parents still have questions about the Waldorf educational approach. This little book goes a long way towards addressing those questions. Covering all stages from kindergarten to primary school and the teenage years, these insightful essays from a range of American contributors explore issues of what young children really need, teaching morality and challenging disrespect, science and literacy and preparing children for the modern world. The book finishes with an interesting study of what Waldorf-educated children go on to do, including careers and college studies.

Utopia Avenue

Utopia Avenue

Author: David Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/07/2020

Pre-order the spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS, 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent). 'The great rock and roll novel - an epic love letter to the greatest music ever made and the book the music has always deserved' Tony Parsons Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you've never heard of. Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967, folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz drummer Griff Griffin together created a unique sound, with lyrics that captured their turbulent times. The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on. This is the story of Utopia Avenue's brief, blazing journey from Soho clubs and draughty ballrooms to the promised land of America, just when the Summer of Love was receding into something much darker - a multi-faceted tale of dreams, drugs, love, sexuality, madness and grief; of stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact; and of the collision between youthful idealism and jaded reality as the Sixties drew to a close. Above all, this bewitching novel celebrates the power of music to connect across divides, define an era and thrill the soul. Praise for David Mitchell's previous work: 'Open up his head and a whole magical, ecstatic symphony of inventiveness and ideals will fly out.' The Times 'Mitchell's imagination is boundless and absolutely thorough, and he is also very funny.' Sunday Telegraph 'An author of extraordinary ambition and skill.' Independent on Sunday 'A storyteller of genius . . . a man who may yet prove to be the greatest writer of his age.' Mail on Sunday 'Dizzyingly, dazzlingly good' Daily Mail 'Our most accomplished inventor of multitudinous worlds, which are filled with complex, vital people.' Financial Times

Utopia Avenue

Utopia Avenue

Author: David Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2020

Pre-order the spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS, 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent). Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you've never heard of. Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967, folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz drummer Griff Griffin together created a unique sound, with lyrics that captured their turbulent lives and times. The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on. This is the story of the band's brief, blazing journey from Soho clubs and draughty ballrooms to the promised land of America, just when the Summer of Love was receding into something much darker - a multi-faceted tale of dreams, drugs, love, sexuality, madness and grief; of stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact; and of the collision between youthful idealism and jaded reality as the Sixties drew to a close. Above all, this bewitching novel celebrates the power of music to connect across divides, define an era and thrill the soul. David Mitchell's seven novels include Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks. He has been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize and lives in Ireland. Praise for David Mitchell's previous work: 'Open up his head and a whole magical, ecstatic symphony of inventiveness and ideals will fly out.' The Times 'Mitchell's imagination is boundless and absolutely thorough, and he is also very funny.' Sunday Telegraph 'An author of extraordinary ambition and skill.' Independent on Sunday 'A storyteller of genius . . . a man who may yet prove to be the greatest writer of his age.' Mail on Sunday 'Dizzyingly, dazzlingly good' Daily Mail 'Our most accomplished inventor of multitudinous worlds, which are filled with complex, vital people.' Financial Times

Mathematical Origami

Mathematical Origami

Author: David Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Mathematical Origami

Mathematical Origami

Author: David Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Sartre, Nietzsche and Non-Humanist Existentialism

Sartre, Nietzsche and Non-Humanist Existentialism

Author: David Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/04/2020

This book argues that existentialism's concern with human existence does not simply make it another form of humanism. Influenced by Heidegger's 1947 'Letter on Humanism', structuralist and post-structuralist critics have both argued that existentialism is synonymous with a naive 'humanist' idea of the subject. Such identification has led to the movement's dismissal as a credible philosophy; this book aims to challenge such a view. Through a lucid and thought-provoking exploration of the concept of perversity in Sartre and Nietzsche, Mitchell argues that understanding the human as a 'perversion' of something other than itself allows us to have a philosophy of the human without the humanist subject. In short, through perversion, we can talk about the human as not merely having a relation to the world, but of being that relation. With an explicit defence of Sartre against the charge of humanism, accompanied by a novel and distinctive reinterpretation of Nietzsche, Mitchell recovers an existentialism that is at once both radical and philosophically relevant.

Great Britons' Days Out

Great Britons' Days Out

Author: David Mitchell, Robert Webb Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/12/2019

An Introduction to Logic

An Introduction to Logic

Author: David Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2019

Originally published in 1967. The common aim of all logical enquiry is to discover and analyse correctly the forms of valid argument. In this book concise expositions of traditional, Aristotelian logic and of modern systems of propositional and predicative logic show how far that aim has been achieved.

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

Author: David Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2019

** THE NEW BOOK FROM THE AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN AND WRITER** 'Mitchell is an exceptionally clever, eloquent and spot-on commentator. We should be grateful for him.' Daily Mail David Mitchell's 2014 bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think - because everything's got worse. We've gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It's probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up. But if you're determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell's attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell's unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. Read this book and slightly change your life! 'Mitchell combines breathtaking general knowledge with withering wit.' Guardian

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

Author: David Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2019

** THE NEW BOOK FROM THE AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN AND WRITER ** 'Mitchell is an exceptionally clever, eloquent and spot-on commentator. We should be grateful for him.' Daily Mail David Mitchell's 2014 bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think - because everything's got worse. We've gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It's probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up. But if you're determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell's attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell's unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. Read this book and slightly change your life! 'Mitchell combines breathtaking general knowledge with withering wit.' Guardian

Rail Freight in Devon and Cornwall

Rail Freight in Devon and Cornwall

Author: David Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2019

The way it was - an Historical perspective; traffic connected to an agriculture based economy, including a look at broccoli traffic etc. Supporting photos mainly steam from the 1950s (more b&w but some colour). - Milk traffic. A brief history with a more detailed (mainly pictorial) look at individual dairies from 1960s through to the end in 1981. Locations including Torrington, Lapford, Hemyock, Seaton Jn, Chard Jn, Totnes and Lostwithiel. A little steam, more diesel hydraulic and ending with diesel electric classes (mix of b&w and colour, weighted towards the former.) - China Clay. Probably the largest section of the book, perhaps 20%+. A bit of history with a few steam photos, but also a more detailed pictorial look at those loading points active from the 1970s to the present such as Burngullow and the Parkandillack branch, Par Harbour, Goonbarrow Jn, Fowey docks, Wenford, Moorswater and Plymouth. Views inclg related buildings, wagons etc (mainly colour). - Ball clay; Meeth and Heathfield branches - mainly 1970s to the end in early 2000's. - Grain and Fertiliser traffic; a short section, mainly on the Truro, Plymouth & Lapford service in the 1990s. - Coal.A general look, but majoring on Exmouth Jn Coal concentration depot (1967-92). Also 1990s flows for Plymstock cement works and Falmouth Docks. - Oil. Traffic flows to Exeter, Heathfield, Plymouth and Hayle Wharves etc (1970s to the end in 2012). - MOD. A shortish section, dealing with traffic to local bases, including nuclear from Devonport Dockyard. (1970s on). - Scrap Metal - from Plymouth, Exeter and St Blazey. (1970s on). - Cement. A brief look back to the 1960s-70s; Exeter Central, Plymouth and Chacewater in the 1980s; also the more recent Moorswater flow. - Timber. Traffic from Lapford (1980s), Exeter (1990s), Teignbridge & Exeter (present). - Aggregate. ( Mainly Mendip Rail to Exeter from 1990s on). - 'Speedlink', 'Enterprise' etc. Wagonload from 1970s to the end (2000s). Including a look at various locations, including Barnstaple, Whimple (cider), Pinhoe (bricks), Exeter, Plymouth, Cornwall (calcified seaweed) etc. - A short look at a couple of special 'one off' traffics. (1990s) - A section on 'civils' traffic, p.w. work trains. (Length might depend on space available after the above!), and - Railway ballast trains, mainly from Meldon Quarry (a little steam, photos from 1960s to the end). - Weed killers, RHTT and test trains.( Photos under the different sections could include some wagon views. All photos from 1990s on probably in colour; prior to that would be a mix.)

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

Author: David Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2019

**Pre-order UTOPIA AVENUE, the spectacular new novel from David Mitchell.** The Hachette Essentials series comprises a collection of titles that are regarded as modern classics. A carefully and lovingly curated selection of distinctive, ground-breaking fiction and non-fiction titles published since 1950. Timeless. Relevant. Passionate. Unified as a series - distinctive as books. A good book is great. A great book is essential. Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies . . . Six interlocking lives - one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity's will to power, and where it will lead us. *Please note that the end of p39 and p40 are intentionally blank*

Making Foreign Policy

Making Foreign Policy

Author: David Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2019

Originally published in 2005. David Mitchell provides a better understanding of the role presidents play in the decision-making process in terms of their influence on two key steps in the process: deliberation and outcome of policy making. The events that have taken place in relation to the Bush administration's decisions to fight the war on terrorism and invade Iraq highlight how important it is to understand the president's role in formulating policy. This influential study presents an advisory system theory of decision-making to examine cases of presidential policy formulation drawn from the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Bush administrations. Easily accessible to scholars, graduates and advanced undergraduates interested in US foreign policy or foreign policy analysis, presidential studies, and bureaucracy and public administrations scholars, and to practitioners and those with a general interest in International Relations.

From Snicket to Wicket

From Snicket to Wicket

Author: David Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2018

Michaelmas

Michaelmas

Author: David Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

The festival of Michaelmas follows on from the autumn equinox and celebrates the archangel Michael. This book is a rich collection of essays on the significant of Michael in our time. It includes perspectives on Michael's appearance and influence around the world, Michael and the Hebrew nations, Christian legends from Egypt and Michael's relationship to the Mystery of Golgotha. The leading essays are by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman, and the book is beautifully illustrated in colour. It offers teachers and parents alike an abundant selection of stories, tales and legends which explain why Michaelmas continues to be such an important festival, uniting the forces of heaven with the forces of the earth and the seasons.