The author David Mitchell was born on 12 January, 1969 in Southport and has written seven novels including the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted number9dream and Cloud Atlas.
raised in Worcestershire, David lived in Sicily and Hiroshima and has a degree in English and American Literature and an MA in Comparative Literature. He even taught English while living in Japan. He now lives in Ireland with his family and Cloud Atlas was adapted into a film starring Tom Hanks in 2012.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet is set on a man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, a place that for 200 years was the only gateway between Japan and the West. A young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune and ends up falling for a Japanese midwife. As the two cultures collide, scheming traders, spies, interpreters, servants and concubines all combine to devastating effect. Packed with historical references, this ambitious novel is a tale of integrity and corruption, and passion and power.