|Age||50 (in 2016) in the Bone Clocks|
|Family||Son of Anthony Hershey, brother of Nina Hershey|
|Appears in||The Bone Clocks, Slade House (mentionned)|
Crispin Hershey is a fictional character from David Mitchell's novels. Once a renown writer nicknamed "The Wild Child of British Letters", he sees his fame gradually fading away after an harsh review of his last novel. He will seek revenge on the reviewer but his actions will have disastrous consequences which will haunt his whole life.
Crispin Hershey is the son of famous film director Anthony Hershey.
His parents divorced when he was 10 years-old, after his father gave away the main role of his next movie to Raquel Welch after years of promising his wife that this role was written for her.
Wanda in Oils
Crispin Hershey's debut novel published while the author was still an undergraduate. Crispin admits at some point struggling for wit since that book.
Not much is known from this book.
Crispin Hershey's masterpiece. His most work, he is often mentionned during the chapter. Its plot is a mystery, but it is reveal that its structure is "symmetrical", echoing Cloud Atlas. This makes sense if we see Crispin Hershey as David Mitchell's evil twin, since Cloud Atlas seems to be the work that our author will be best remembered for (so far).
Echo Must Die
Crispin Hershey's latest novel, published in 2015.
The Voorman Problem
Many reviewers have commented the uncanny series of links with real-life contemporary writer Martin Amis. The titles of his novels indeed greatly echo those of Crispin Hershey : Dessicated Embryos sounds a lot like Dead Babies, while Red Monkey seems to be a reference to Yellow Dog.
During many interviews with journalists, when pressed on that point David Mitchell always answered that he had never intended to dress an unflattering caricature of Martin Amis. He admitted that Crispin was actually a caricature of himself, putting an emphasis on his own evil side. Dessicated Embryos would also, according to him, not be a hidden reference to Amis' Dead Babies but the title of an Eric Satie composition. The reader can