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David Mitchell

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.


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David Mitchell Books

  • Black Friday

    Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: DSBP
    Hardback
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    'Mitchell combines breathtaking general knowledge with withering wit.' - The Guardian.

    Ever since his 2014 book Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse, David Mitchell has come to terms with his feelings that things have actually got worse - from political shambles to familiar names on the high street disappearing.

    This book is the Peep Show star and award-winning comedian's attempt at cheering you up as he tries to find light in the constant darkness. It contains witty essays on politics, exercise, rude street names and the the commercialisation of Christmas...
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  • Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: ANLYS
    Paperback
    Why is every film or tv programme a sequel or a remake? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it ok? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell. Join him on a tour of the absurdities of modern life - from Ryanair to Richard III, Downton Abbey to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense, Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious modern world.
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  • David Mitchell: Back Story

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AGQTS
    Paperback
    David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life. As well as giving a specific account of every single time he's scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details: * the singular, pitbull-infested charm of the FRP ('Flat Roofed Pub') * the curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm * why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink * the pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds * the satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide * how doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica * trying to pretend he isn't a total **** at Robert Webb's wedding * that he has fallen in love at LOT, but rarely done anything about it * why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday * that he's not David Mitchell the novelist. Despite what David Miliband might think
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  • Rail Freight in Devon and Cornwall

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: BMQIE
    Hardback
    The way it was - an Historical perspective; traffic connected to an agriculture based economy, including a look at broccoli traffic etc. Supporting photos mainly steam from the 1950s (more b&w but some colour). - Milk traffic. A brief history with a more detailed (mainly pictorial) look at individual dairies from 1960s through to the end in 1981. Locations including Torrington, Lapford, Hemyock, Seaton Jn, Chard Jn, Totnes and Lostwithiel. A little steam, more diesel hydraulic and ending with diesel electric classes (mix of b&w and colour, weighted towards the former.) - China Clay. Probably the largest section of the book, perhaps 20%+. A bit of history with a few steam photos, but also a more detailed pictorial look at those loading points active from the 1970s to the present such as Burngullow and the Parkandillack branch, Par Harbour, Goonbarrow Jn, Fowey docks, Wenford, Moorswater and Plymouth. Views inclg related buildings, wagons etc (mainly colour). - Ball clay; Meeth and Heathfield branches - mainly 1970s to the end in early 2000's. - Grain and Fertiliser traffic; a short section, mainly on the Truro, Plymouth & Lapford service in the 1990s. - Coal.A general look, but majoring on Exmouth Jn Coal concentration depot (1967-92). Also 1990s flows for Plymstock cement works and Falmouth Docks. - Oil. Traffic flows to Exeter, Heathfield, Plymouth and Hayle Wharves etc (1970s to the end in 2012). - MOD. A shortish section, dealing with traffic to local bases, including nuclear from Devonport Dockyard. (1970s on). - Scrap Metal - from Plymouth, Exeter and St Blazey. (1970s on). - Cement. A brief look back to the 1960s-70s; Exeter Central, Plymouth and Chacewater in the 1980s; also the more recent Moorswater flow. - Timber. Traffic from Lapford (1980s), Exeter (1990s), Teignbridge & Exeter (present). - Aggregate. ( Mainly Mendip Rail to Exeter from 1990s on). - 'Speedlink', 'Enterprise' etc. Wagonload from 1970s to the end (2000s). Including a look at various locations, including Barnstaple, Whimple (cider), Pinhoe (bricks), Exeter, Plymouth, Cornwall (calcified seaweed) etc. - A short look at a couple of special 'one off' traffics. (1990s) - A section on 'civils' traffic, p.w. work trains. (Length might depend on space available after the above!), and - Railway ballast trains, mainly from Meldon Quarry (a little steam, photos from 1960s to the end). - Weed killers, RHTT and test trains.( Photos under the different sections could include some wagon views. All photos from 1990s on probably in colour; prior to that would be a mix.)
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  • How to Fold Origami

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AWXWI
    Paperback
    The perfect companion for all origami enthusiast. The adept origamist can produce anything from a simple dog or chicken to amazing geometric models and this book shows exactly how. Featuring hundreds of specially drawn, step-by-step diagrams, clear instructions from master origamist and author David Mitchell, and beautiful photographs of the finished pieces, it contains projects ranging from very simple pieces that can be achieved with a few basic folds, to complex birds with flapping wings. As well as origami that is purely ornamental, such as the Japanese crane, the Dresden Bowl and the octahedral pyramid, the book shows how to make games, toys and practical items, such as puzzles and coasters. Showcasing techniques from around the world, there are over 25 projects to choose from, all presented with step-by-step instructions. This book will enable anyone to enjoy this amazing and popular craft.
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  • Slade House

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AUGNR
    Paperback
    Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Later, you'll find that you can't. This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and comes to its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe'en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a 'guest' is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs ...
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  • Evaluation, Homework and Teacher Support

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AQVRZ
    Paperback
    Does homework work? Why is it assigned, and is it effective for good learning? This book collects together the rich experience of a dozen Waldorf teachers who address issues such as how much homework should be given? How can a teacher best support and evaluate a student's progress? And does homework make sense? This unique collection on a challenging topic comes to a thoroughly-discussed and perhaps surprising conclusion. Parents and teachers who are wondering about the meaning and effectiveness of homework will appreciate the fully-informed opinions in this valuable book.
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  • Slade House

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AQDFG
    Hardback
    This special edition of SLADE HOUSE, limited to 1,500 copies, is signed and numbered by the author. It has a uniquely designed cover, endpapers and slipcase, is bound with head and tail bands, and comes with a ribbon. Born out of the short story David Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014 and inhabiting the same universe as his latest bestselling novel The Bone Clocks, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night. Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Later, you'll find that you can't. This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe'en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a 'guest' is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs...
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  • Slade House

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AQCUT
    Hardback
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    Born out of the short story David Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014 and inhabiting the same universe as his latest bestselling novel The Bone Clocks, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night. Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Later, you'll find that you can't. This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe'en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a 'guest' is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs...
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  • The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: ANORI
    Paperback
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    Run away, one drowsy summer's afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict. Over six decades, the consequences of a moment's impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family's survival ...
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  • South East Devon

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AIRFM
    Paperback
    British Railways Past and Present' is a nationwide series of books featuring photographs of railway locations taken several decades ago and comparing them with the same scene today. Such is the current pace of change on our railway system that even a few years can reduce a busy and vibrant railway scene to a wasteland or housing estate - or conversely can bring electrification and up-to-the-minute technology to an outdated, run-down route. The contrasts are often dramatic, while sometimes hardly anything has altered in 30 or 40 years. Whatever the change, the comparison of 'past' and 'present' will intrigue not only the railway enthusiast and historian, but also anyone interested in our recent history. This will be the 5th volume in the series to visit the county of Devon. The previous volumes in the series being: No 8 Devon, No 52 East Devon. No 53 North and West Devon, No 67 Plymouth & South West Devon Such has been the popularity of both Devon and the series as a whole you can be sure of a ready and waiting audience for this brand new volume looking at the major railway centre of Newton Abbot and its environs. Newton Abbott has a fascinating railway history having in the past had a railway workshop and several branch line connections. Even today the railway is an important part of the transport infrastructure - several branch lines may have closed but there is still much to see both as the working railway and the traces of past lines. David Mitchell has yet again come up with a wonderful mix of past images with which to contrast the present...Enjoy!
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  • Plymouth and South West Devon

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AHMOP
    Paperback
    'British Railways Past and Present' is a nationwide series of books featuring photographs of railway locations taken several decades ago and comparing them with the same scene today. Such is the current pace of change on our railway system that even a few years can reduce a busy and vibrant railway scene to a wasteland or housing estate - or conversely bring electrification and up-to-the-minute technology outdated, run-down route. The contrasts are often dramatic, while sometimes hardly anything has altered in 30 or 40 years. Whatever the change, the comparison of 'past' and 'present' will intrigue not only the railway enthusiast and historian, but also anyone interested in our recent history. This will be the 4th volume in the series to visit the county Devon. The previous volumes in the series being: No 8 Devon No 52 East Devon No 53 North and West Devon Such has been the popularity of both Devon and the series a whole you can be sure of a ready and waiting audience this brand new volume looking at the major railway centre Plymouth and its environs. Plymouth has a fascinating railway history having in the past been served by two main line routes to London, several stations and extensive freight yards. Even today the railway is an important part of the transport infrastructure - one of the London lines and several branch lines may have closed but there is still much to see both the working railway and the traces of past lines. David Mitchell has come up with a wonderful mix of past images with which to contrast the present...Enjoy!
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  • Ghostwritten

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AGHQJ
    Audio
    An apocalyptic cult member, a jazz buff in Tokyo, a woman on a holy mountain, a burnt-out lawyer, a Mongolian gangster, a redundant spy, a despondent 'zookeeper', a nuclear scientist, a ghostwriter, a ghost, and a New York DJ are all tenuously connected. All of them have tales to tell, and all must play their part as they are caught up in the inescapable forces of cause and effect.
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  • Cloud Atlas

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AFOAQ
    Paperback
    A bold novel that spans across time, the world and genres with six interlocking stories, David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable read that has been adapted into a film starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant. From a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in the 19th century to to a young islander witnessing the nightfall of civilisation in a dystopian future, the book also takes in in between-wars Belgium and the Reagan era as the stories interrupt each other, leaving the reader with a fascinating narrative to follow. As the characters hear each other's echoes down the corridors of history, destinies are changed in ways both great and small... This is an intriguing and all-encompassing novel from the author of Ghostwritten and number9dream.
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  • Devon

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: ABXDJ
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    Dartmouth Steam Railway, Dart Valley Railway and Seaton Tramway.
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  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: ABCIP
    Paperback

    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.

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  • Black Swan Green

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AAFFM
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    It's a dank January in the Worcestershire village of Black Swan Green and thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor -- covert stammerer and reluctant poet -- anticipates a stultifying year in the deadest village on Earth. But Jason hasn't reckoned with a junta of bullies, simmering family discord, the Falklands War, an exotic Belgian emigre, a threatened gypsy invasion and the caprices of those mysterious entities known as girls. BLACK SWAN GREEN charts thirteen months in the black hole between childhood and adolescence, set against the sunset of an agrarian England still overshadowed by the Cold War. Wry, painful, funny and vibrant with the stuff of life, it is David Mitchell's subtlest and most captivating achievement to date.
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  • Number9dream

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AAFEW
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    As Eiji Miyake's twentieth birthday nears, he sets out for the seething metropolis of Tokyo to find the father he has never met. There, he begins a thrilling, whirlwind journey where dreams, memories and reality collide then diverge as Eiji is caught up in a feverish succession of encounters by turn bizarre, hilarious and shockingly dangerous. But until Eiji has fallen in love and exorcised his childhood demons, the belonging he craves will remain, tantalizingly, just beyond his grasp...
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  • Cloud Atlas

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: AAAWC
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    An incredible voyage across more than 500 pages, various timescales and six linked narratives, award-winning author David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is a beautiful and captivating novel.

    An enormously clever book that ignores all the boundaries of language, genre and time, Mitchell's much-talked about novel acts as a wonderfully readable platform for his immense talent and imagination.

    With the effects of time very much at its heart, Cloud Atlas makes some interesting observations through the collection of interlinked stories, each of which evokes a vast range of emotions. An intriguing novel from the writer of Ghostwritten and number9dream.
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