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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This is a big story on a huge canvas. If you are a David Mitchell fan then you are in for a treat. If new to him then be prepared to be blown away. It is a metaphysical thriller, a morality tale, a complicated book that twists and turns through time. There are many chapters on reincarnated people who are killed in early childhood and thereafter are occupied by a person who already has centuries of knowledge – in other words they are ‘super human’; some good, some bad. They have influenced the past and are now influencing the Chinese, Russian and Arab races. The worlds’ future looks bleak. We see it through the life of an extraordinary woman. This is superb. ~ Sarah Broadhurst Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014.
Winner of Best Read of the Year and the Literary Fiction Award at the British Book Awards 2005. David Mitchell entices his readers on to a rollercoaster, and at first they wonder if they want to get off. Then - at least in my case - they can't bear the journey to end. Like Scheherazade, and like serialised Victorian novels and modern soaps, he ends his episodes on cliffhangers and missed heartbeats. But unlike these, he starts his next tale in another place, in another time, in another vocabulary, and expects us to go through it all again. Trust the tale. He reaches a cumulative ending of all of them, and then finishes them all individually, giving a complete narrative pleasure that is rare.
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011. Shortlisted for the Galaxy UK Author of the Year 2010. Good historical fiction - which is what this book is - requires a careful balance of imagination and historical research. Imagination to help the reader feel part of the story and research to make it feel true. In this book, we are transported back to the conflicting cultures of the Dutch East Indies Company and a Japan of 200 years ago when time followed a different clock. It was a time when life was raw, unforgiving and gory. A dog-eat-dog world where trust was rare and love rarer still. This is a truly original, imaginative and challenging historical novel. And why not become one of a Thousand Exclusive reviewers of the book - see David's facebook page to find out more....
‘A novel in 9 parts’ and ten sections in different voices and different locations giving a feeling of short stories, building in their links but never really coming together. It’s a stunning work, challenging, rewarding and very intelligent leaving you with lots to think about and ready to move on to his magnificent Cloud Atlas.Comparison: Haruki Murakami, Michel Faber, Andrew Miller.
By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize Selected by Time as One of the Ten Best Books of the Year | A New York Times Notable Book | Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post Book World, The Christian Science Monitor, Rocky Mountain News, and Kirkus Reviews | A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist | Winner of the ALA Alex Award | Finalist for the Costa Novel AwardFrom award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new.Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. A world of Kissingeresque realpolitik enacted in boys' games on a frozen lake; of ';nightcreeping' through the summer backyards of strangers; of the tabloid-fueled thrills of the Falklands War and its human toll; of the cruel, luscious Dawn Madden and her power-hungry boyfriend, Ross Wilcox; of a certain Madame Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck, an elderly bohemian emigre who is both more and less than she appears; of Jason's search to replace his dead grandfather's irreplaceable smashed watch before the crime is discovered; of first cigarettes, first kisses, first Duran Duran LPs, and first deaths; of Margaret Thatcher's recession; of Gypsies camping in the woods and the hysteria they inspire; and, even closer to home, of a slow-motion divorce in four seasons.Pointed, funny, profound, left-field, elegiac, and painted with the stuff of life, Black Swan Green is David Mitchell's subtlest and most effective achievement to date.Praise for Black Swan Green ';[David Mitchell has created] one of the most endearing, smart, and funny young narrators ever to rise up from the pages of a novel. . . . The always fresh and brilliant writing will carry readers back to their own childhoods. . . . This enchanting novel makes us remember exactly what it was like.'The Boston Globe ';[David Mitchell is a] prodigiously daring and imaginative young writer. . . . As in the works of Thomas Pynchon and Herman Melville, one feels the roof of the narrative lifted off and oneself in thrall.'Time
Das neue Buch von David Mitchell, dem Autor des von den Wachowski-Geschwistern verfilmten, genre- und zeitenubergreifenden Romans "e;Wolkenatlas"e;: ein Schauerroman par excellence. Geh die Slade Alley hinunter - schmal, feucht und leicht zu verfehlen, selbst wenn du sie suchst. Finde das kleine schwarze Eisentor in der Mauer zur Rechten. Keine Klinke, kein Schlsselloch, aber wenn du es berhrst, schwingt es auf. Tritt in den sonnendurchfluteten Garten eines alten Hauses, das dort unpassend wirkt: zu nobel fr die schbige Nachbarschaft, irgendwie zu gro fr das Grundstck. Ein Fremder begrt dich und fhrt dich hinein. Zunchst mchtest du gar nicht mehr fort. Dann merkst du, dass du es nicht mehr kannst. Denn alle neun Jahre, am letzten Sonntag im Oktober, wird ein "e;Gast"e; ins Slade House eingeladen. Doch warum wurde er oder sie ausgewhlt, von wem und zu welchem Zweck? Die Antwort findet sich dort am hinteren Ende des Flurs, oben am Absatz der Treppe. "e;Slade House"e; ist ein raffiniert komponiertes Schauerstck. Und auch eine literarische Hommage an die groen Klassiker der fantastischen Literatur, von "e;Alice im Wunderland"e; bis zur "e;Rocky Horror Picture Show"e; - ein Buch wie eine Escher'sche Kippfigur, von einem der einfallsreichsten und phantasiebegabtesten Schriftsteller der zeitgenssischen Literatur. Mitchell zaubert bunt und lustvoll und verzaubert damit uns.
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.
'A stand-out triumph' - The Sunday Times The Number One bestselling novel by the author of CLOUD ATLAS, '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 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. '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
The teaching of science in Waldorf schools is qualitatively different to mainstream education, reflecting an aim to help children learn about science through hands-on experience rather than memorising theory. Science begins in Kindergarten where joy in the natural world is celebrated, then through the grades increasing focus is given to improving pupils' observation skills. In this valuable resource, experienced Waldorf teachers from around the world, including Florian Oswald and Sven Bohn, share their expertise on a wide range of subjects and topics. Covering a vast array of scientific areas including zoology and mythology, astronomy, chemistry, and biology, this book helps teachers enhance and improve their teaching methods.
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.
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER 'A delight!' Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2 'Very entertaining.' Irish Times ** From UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, horsemeat lasagne to Trump in the White House: bestselling comedian David Mitchell brilliantly tackles the dumbfounding times we live in. As facts are downgraded to opinions, as customers are preyed upon by algorithm-wielding websites, voters by targeted lies, cinema-goers by superheroes and children by measles, it is 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, condiments, proportional representation and rude street names are all touched upon by Mitchell's unremitting laser of chit-chat. Read this book and slightly change your life!
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.
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*
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.
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.
Educators today face two major challenges. The first, is to develop an education system which meets the needs of an ever more diverse student population. The second, is to successfully implement such a system. This requires nothing less than a revolutionary transformation of current approaches taken to education. Drawing on research-based evidence and offering over 70 concrete strategies to help educators respond to these challenges, this unique book provides a blueprint for an education system which will recognize the rights of all students, while engendering social cohesion and an equitable society. Broadening the scope of inclusive education, the author presents an ecological model - a system which places children at its centre and acknowledges the impacts of school, community, bureaucracy and society, to maximize opportunities for learning, and see students achieve the same levels of attainment, regardless of their gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, religious beliefs or disability. A timely book which addresses the concerns of teachers and educators around the globe, The Ecology of Inclusive Education will give its readers the knowledge and confidence they require to meet the needs of each and every learner.