David Mitchell: Back Story

Author: David Mitchell

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007382944

Category: Humor

Page: 336

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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.

Back Story

A Memoir

Author: David Mitchell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780007351749

Category: Comedians

Page: 326

View: 2561


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

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (Book Analysis)

Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 2808014708

Category: Study Aids

Page: 52

View: 8424


Unlock the more straightforward side of Cloud Atlas with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, a novel consisting of six interconnected stories from different periods of history. Starting with the journal of a 19th-century lawyer, half of each story is told, only to be interrupted at a crucial moment, at which point the next story begins. The reader is taken on a whirlwind journey through the past, present and future, meeting a lovelorn composer from the interwar period, an investigative journalist with her first big scoop, a bumbling publisher trapped in a nursing home, a clone who takes up the banner of revolution, and eventually a tribesman in a post-apocalyptic world, whose story is told in full, only for the novel to cycle back through time, eventually bringing the reader back to that same 19th-century journal that opened the story. Cloud Atlas is one of David Mitchell’s best-known works, and raises powerful questions about the nature of time, identity and humanity itself. Find out everything you need to know about Cloud Atlas in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Poor Man's Justice

Author: David Mitchell

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412015235

Category: Law

Page: 348

View: 9801


Preface In recent years the modern media has been shining a light on our public courtrooms. Sensational stories of greed and betrayal, murder and mystery captivate us as we are taken on inquisitive voyages through the legal process. We have seen how individual wealth can be a great equalizer against any publicly-funded judicial system. We have watched defense attorneys and prosecutors clamor for attention and notoriety on a number of cases. And while some may disagree with the public display our legal system is subject to, the unbridled scrutiny of the process has enhanced the level of fairness brought to these particular cases. To that extent, we should applaud the television pundits who regularly keep us abreast with checks and balances. The fact is, what society is watching, and sometimes engaging in during these debates, is justice, just as it is administered in our criminal and civil courtrooms every day. Desensitization of the public, achieved through dehumanization and degradation of an accused or accuser, is a common strategy that is routinely practiced throughout our judicial process. Whenever I find myself watching these intriguing debates, I always hear someone talk about due process. But when I found myself entangled in the justice system, absent any public scrutiny and without any means to pay for a defense, I discovered due process was not always present. And when it was not present, it was only replaced with one thing, undue process, or what I call poor man's justice. Poor Man's Justice is a true story that takes the reader behind the closed doors of Canada's justice system. Unlike most true crime stories, this story is not about guilt or innocence. Instead, it shows the aftermath of sentencing, when a man who admitted guilt to the crime for which he is in jail, must struggle with a court, correctional, and parole process that punishes him for crimes he never committed, manipulating him emotionally and giving him no opportunity to confront his accusers and clear his name. Poor Man's Justice raises a multitude of questions: What should happen when the justice system crosses the line into abusive behavior? Where does the responsibility for this abuse rest? Why is there a lack of accountability in our courts, the Correctional Service of Canada and the parole process? The strength and stature of a society are heightened when that society demonstrates a willingness to protect all of its citizens. To achieve this, it needs a judicial process that will look after victims' rights, while ensuring that the legal and civil rights of accused and incarcerated citizens are maintained. So when a justice system abandons the fairness that should accompany due process, and instead tilts towards a better-safe-than-sorry philosophy, society quickly finds itself debating the meaning of the word "justice," which spawns a multitude of questions. What's right? What's wrong? What's fair? What's just? Who wins and who loses? Poor Man's Justice illustrates the unfairness that has accompanied a slow and deliberate dismantling of due process in Canada's legal system. It is my hope that this book will help turn that tide and aid society as it searches for answers and directions that will protect the legal, civil, and human rights of all its citizens.

Cloud Atlas

A Novel

Author: David Mitchell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0307483045

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 397


By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks • Now a major motion picture • Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Includes a new Afterword by David Mitchell A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction as profound as it is playful. In this groundbreaking novel, an influential favorite among a new generation of writers, Mitchell explores with daring artistry fundamental questions of reality and identity. Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history. But the story doesn’t end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky. As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon. Praise for Cloud Atlas “[David] Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.”—The New York Times Book Review “One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is—and should be—read by any student of contemporary literature.”—Dave Eggers “Wildly entertaining . . . a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”—People “The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book, and yet—not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds.”—Michael Chabon “Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent.”—The Washington Post Book World

Black Swan Green

Author: David Mitchell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1844568822

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 9585


The dazzling novel from critically-acclaimed David Mitchell. Shortlisted for the 2006 Costa Novel Award Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006 January, 1982. Thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor - covert stammerer and reluctant poet - anticipates a stultifying year in his backwater English village. But he hasn't reckoned with bullies, simmering family discord, the Falklands War, a threatened gypsy invasion and those mysterious entities known as girls. Charting thirteen months in the black hole between childhood and adolescence, this is a captivating novel, wry, painful and vibrant with the stuff of life.

Tea, Love and War

Searching for English roots in Assam

Author: David Mitchell

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1780889658

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 2121


The range of the book: from wartime England to colonial Assam; from sapper training in India to jungle warfare in Malaya – Tea, Love and War tells the unique true story of the child of an exploited village woman gaining recognition and acceptance in suburban England.

A Temporary Future: The Fiction of David Mitchell

Author: Patrick O'Donnell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441116133

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 369


Having emerged as one the leading contemporary British writers, David Mitchell is rapidly taking his place amongst British novelists with the gravitas of an Ishiguro or a McEwan. Written for a wide constituency of readers of contemporary literature, A Temporary Future: The Fiction of David Mitchell explores Mitchell's main concerns-including those of identity, history, language, imperialism, childhood, the environment, and ethnicity-across the six novels published so far, as well as his protean ability to write in multiple and diverse genres. It places Mitchell in the tradition of Murakami, Sebald, and Rushdie-writers whose works explore narrative in an age of globalization and cosmopolitanism. Patrick O'Donnell traces the through-lines of Mitchell's work from ghostwritten to The Bone Clocks and, with a chapter on each of the six novels, charts the evolution of Mitchell's fictional project.