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February 27, 2004

From ELT to Booker

The Guardian ran a story last weekend that shows that a career teaching English in Japan need not be a dead end. From the early 1990s until last year David Mitchell was an English teacher in Tokyo, but his recent success as a novelist has allowed him to move on. His second novel, No.9 Dream, was nominated for the 2001 Booker Prize, but the expense of life in Japan meant he had to continue teaching to feed his family. He now lives in Ireland with his Japanese wife and young daughter. Mitchell's third novel, Cloud Atlas, a tale about a 19th-century lawyer, an investigative journalist and a doomed clone from the future, is due out next week. He describes it as "a book about predacity and predation, individuals preying on groups, groups preying on individuals."
Apocalypse, maybe

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