David Mitchell was born in Southport in January, 1969.
His first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for the best book by a writer under 35 and was also shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
His second novel, number9dream, was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
His third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. He has since published Black Swan Green (longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize) and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (longisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize).
In 2003 he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.
David Mitchell now lives in Ireland.