It was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for the best work of literature by a British or Commonwealth author thirty-five or younger.
The award-winning author of Cloud Atlas and number9dream is tweeting his story twice daily, in clusters of 20 tweets, for seven days to more than 10, followers. In choosing Twitter as the medium for his fiction, Mitchell joins a succession of high profile writers, including Jennifer EganNeil Gaiman and Melvin Burgess.
But the author has defended the move as an interesting experiment. But this change is by no means a new thing — it represents a return to the Victorian way of reading fiction.
Amazon is currently at the forefront of this endeavour and has so far released about 30 serialised novels through its Kindle Serials programme.
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Each new instalment updates automatically and parts are short enough to be read in a single sitting.
More recently still, Apple has brought out Roosteran iPhone app that delivers serialised fiction in bite-sized chunks. The thinking behind the venture is to provide convenient and flexible reading that will fit into busy schedules.
So the growing appeal of the serial is largely driven by its convenience in our time-poor society, but modern readers are, perhaps, rediscovering other pleasures that the Victorians valued as part of the reading experience. Serialisation was not a Victorian invention. Its origins go back to the 17th century, although early serials tended not to comprise original works by established authors.
But the practice has come to be predominantly associated with the Victorians. The digital revolution, Victorian style. Phiz, A Tale of Two Cities There was an explosion in print culture in the 19th century, something that was driven by rising literacy rates and increasing urbanisation.
These were a group of contentious taxes on newspapers, advertisements, and paper that were introduced in the early 18th century to limit working-class access to print culture. The eradication of these financial obstacles expedited the birth of a whole generation of new weekly and monthly periodicals from the s.
These became the chief means through which Victorian readers consumed fiction, and authors from Dickens to Eliot published their work in this way.
But the popularity of the serial novel with the Victorians was not merely to do with economic influences. And serialisation as a format for packaging popular entertainment has remained with us, most obviously in television.
The appeal of the serial, for both Victorian and modern audiences, is evidently in part the shared experience of reading the same thing, at the same time, and the anticipation and conversations that accompany such communal reading or viewing.
There are of course important distinctions between the modern and Victorian serial.
For Victorian readers, the weekly or monthly hiatus between instalments, taking place over the course of a year or more, made the reading experience a much slower one. But the issue of speed is relative. The rhythms of Victorian serialisation can seem excruciatingly sedate to us, inured as we are to a culture of immediate gratification in the form of downloads and box-sets.
But many contemporary commentators saw the perceived rapidity of serialised fiction as a telling symptom of the decline in literary standards. Not all modern readers are as willing as their Victorian predecessors to wait between instalments. A culture that is increasingly used to consuming box-sets in binge sittings instead of patiently following a series through a full season may not be entirely conducive to a return to this kind of reading.
But the current vogue for serialised fiction, whether consumed via smart phone, e-reader, or social media, would suggest that Victorian enthusiasm for a collective reading experience, measured out in easily digestible parts, is shared by a good many of us.
David Mitchell, in any case, has gained more than 2, followers since his Twitter story began.25 Jul 1 Comment. The Mitchellverse: A Primer on the Fiction of David Mitchell.
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For many expatriate writers today, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, . Born in Southport in , David Mitchell grew up in Malvern, Worcestershire, studying for a degree in English and American Literature followed by an MA in Comparative Literature, at the University of Kent.
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