British novelist David Mitchell was described by TIME magazine in May 2007 as one of the 100 "people who shape our world".
His first book, the multi-perspective, multi-city Ghostwritten, was published in 1999.
Since then he has written two Booker Prize-nominated novels, number9dream and Cloud Atlas. His latest book is Black Swan Green, published in 2006.
David Mitchell lives in Cork, Ireland, from where he talks to Kim Hill.
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