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David Mitchell - Longlist author interview

David Mitchell - Longlist author interview

The latest author interview is with David Mitchell, longlisted this year with The Bone Clocks.

What has it been like to be longlisted?

An ever-so-slightly inebriated honour. My editor very kindly posted me a bottle of pricey champagne in an indestructible polystyrene tube.

What are you working on next?

It's still early days, so whatever I told you about it would end up being incorrect.

What are you reading at the moment?

The War With Hannibal by Titus Livy. You did ask.

What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

Both Hilary Mantels, Oscar and Lucinda, The Remains of the Day, Keri Hulme's The Bone People. I can't choose one. Coetzee's Disgrace of course, and Midnight's Children too.

The Bone Clocks imagines a world where fossil fuel is running out – does our ecological future worry you or do you have faith in science and human ingenuity to fix things?

Both: but the worry is that the damage will be severe and irreversible, however ingeniously our scientists and engineers apply themselves. It's a kind of war in which we are our enemy. On that cheerful note, I'll go and finish the last inch of champagne . . .