Books by David Mitchell

Born in Southport in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Malvern, Worcestershire, studying for a degree in English and American Literature followed by an MA in Comparative Literature, at the University of Kent. He lived for a year in Sicily before moving to H

FALL DOWN 7 TIMES GET UP 8 by Naoki Higashida
Released: July 11, 2017

"Autism is a mysterious neurological condition. While the science is incomplete, Higashida gives us a thoughtful view of the art of living well in its shadow."
A young Japanese man's searching account of autism, following The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (2013). Read full book review >
SLADE HOUSE by David Mitchell
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Though there's something of an inside joke happening on every page, Mitchell serves up a story that wouldn't be out of place alongside The Turn of the Screw. Ingenious, scary, and downright weird."
At the end of life, does a writer's every word flash before his or her eyes? Read full book review >
MONSTERGAMI by David Mitchell
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Those who have caught the origami bug can have some monstrous fun folding and mixing and matching. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Kids who are hooked on Tom Angleberger's series can fold a host of monsters to threaten their Origami Yodas. Read full book review >
THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"If Thatcher's 1984 is bleak, then get a load of what awaits us in 2030. Speculative, lyrical and unrelentingly dark—trademark Mitchell, in other words."
Mitchell's latest could have been called The Rime of the Ancient Marinus—the "youthful ancient Marinus," that is. Another exacting, challenging and deeply rewarding novel from logophile and time-travel master Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
THE REASON I JUMP by Naoki Higashida
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Anyone struggling to understand autism will be grateful for the book and translation."
A 13-year-old Japanese author illuminates his autism from within, making a connection with those who find the condition frustrating, mysterious or impenetrable. Read full book review >
Released: June 29, 2010

"It's as difficult to put this novel down as it is to overestimate Mitchell's virtually unparalleled mastery of dramatic construction, illuminating characterizations and insight into historical conflict and change. Comparisons to Tolstoy are inevitable, and right on the money."
Another Booker Prize nomination is likely to greet this ambitious and fascinating fifth novel—a full-dress historical, and then some—from the prodigally gifted British author (Black Swan Green, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
BLACK SWAN GREEN by David Mitchell
Released: April 11, 2006

"Great Britain's Catcher in the Rye—and another triumph for one of the present age's most interesting and accomplished novelists."
Adolescent angst during the Margaret Thatcher-inflected year of 1982 is the subject of two-time Booker nominee Mitchell's lively (autobiographical?) fourth novel. Read full book review >
CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell
Released: Aug. 24, 2004

"Sheer storytelling brilliance. Mitchell really is his generation's Pynchon."
Great Britain's answer to Thomas Pynchon outdoes himself with this maddeningly intricate, improbably entertaining successor to Ghostwritten (2000) and Number9Dream (2002). Read full book review >
NUMBER9DREAM by David Mitchell
Released: March 1, 2001

"Booker nominee Mitchell (Ghostwritten, 2000) offers fans of Kafka, Pynchon, and DeLillo state-of-the-art dreams of a Tokyo landscape that could have come straight out of a video game. A demented, maddeningly playful, important book."
A wildly inventive set of variations on an abandoned young Japanese man's Sisyphean search for his father under the aegis of John Lennon and the mystical number nine. Read full book review >
GHOSTWRITTEN by David Mitchell
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"A richly layered, difficult text that may well be worth the several readings it probably requires."
An inordinately ambitious first novel, the work of a Westerner living in Japan, traces a chain of events that affect lives on several continents, explored in stories "ghostwritten" by other (in some cases, literally alien) intelligences than those of the people who experience them. Read full book review >