David Mitchell is an English author whose works have been short listed for the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Memorial Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. He is known for interweaving many narratives together in the one novel. Cloud Atlas, which will be released in cinemas next February, is a prime example as it ties many stories together across the 19th, 20th, 21st Centuries and beyond.
In this video, Andrew Field talks with David Mitchell at the 2006 Edinburgh International Book Festival. Mitchell discusses his previous works, 3 of which were set in Japan, where he lived for 8 years. He also discusses his book, Black Swan Green, which is set in Worcester in 1982, and tells the story of a 13 year boy with a stammer. Thought to be semi autobiographical as Mitchell also stammered as a young boy.