David Mitchell, the award-winning writer of novels including Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks says: “I’m not sure we’ll ever be writing anything that hasn’t got a whiff or a shade or a colour of the pandemic for the rest of our lives.
“The pandemic will always be in the creative process of every artist who has lived through it.” Coronavirus has already had an impact on him. His new book, Utopia Avenue, was supposed to be published in June. But, its appearance was delayed and Mitchell has been locked down at his home in Cork in Ireland.
“How do you launch a book in an era where festivals aren’t happening, when book tours can’t happen? How do you do it?” he says. Utopia Avenue is Mitchell’s eighth novel. It charts the rise of a British “psychedelic-folk-rock” band from Soho clubs to stardom in the US in the late 1960s.
You can read more about his book here.