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By: Brain/Food: I suddenly really want tangerines « Jam and Idleness

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:02:10 +0000

[...] created his own version thereof, and through which he totally out-classed me by getting David Mitchell to be one of his [...]

By: IKE | The Thousand Reviews of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 05:31:42 +0000

[...] Neilson at Between the Lines interviews David [...]

By: Tony

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 22:28:34 +0000

Firstly, great interview. Secondly, congratulations on getting David Mitchell to agree to this. Thirdly, just about to start the last leg of 'The Sea of Fertility'. The end now has a lot to live up to... Fourthly, I love all David's books (2010 will be the year of rereading Mitchell) - although, as a thirty-something Englishman, 'Black Swan Green' is uncannily reminiscent of my childhood in places and, therefore, especially favoured. Finally, David, what took so long with number 5? We've been waiting ages! :)

By: Colleen

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:26:14 +0000

David, Thanks so much for answering my question! Both Yuri and I were actually in Seoul that same spooky new year's as you were. It really *was* spooky, and the panic intense; everyone I knew had been stockpiling food and water for months. I hadn't been and they all looked so pityingly on me...and of course, nothing happened. Happy holidays to you as well, Colleen

By: David Mitchell

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:28:20 +0000

colleen, eva, valya and barbara, you 4 bibliophiles - Thanks very much for your positivity and encouragement. It's a fine thing to know there are people out there who enjoy what I write, making novels being such a solitary compulsion. To Colleen's question, the answer would be that I spent a few days in Seoul over the New Year in 2000 - millenialism was in the air, and I was all on my own in a language I couldn't speak a word of for the first time in quite a while, which maybe makes the Korean section of Cloud Atlas spookier than it otherwise might have been. Valya's question is harder to answer because if I show favouritism to one character all the others will complain, but I have a soft spot for Timothy Cavendish - he'll be in my next novel (a sort of contemporary sequel to 'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet I'm starting work on this week), a surgeon from 'Thousand Autumns' whom you haven't yet met called Marinus, and maybe Dean Moran, the narrator's friend from Black Swan Green, also pencilled in for a middle-aged reprise. Anyway, early Season's Greetings to you and yours, all 4. David Mitchell