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Author David Mitchell has written book you will never be able to read

Author David Mitchell has penned a book that won't be read for one hundred years.

Mitchell is the second contributor to the Future Library project, for which 1,000 trees were planted two years ago in Oslo’s Nordmarka forest.

His offering is entitled 'From Me Flows What You Call Time'.

Each year for a total of 100 years an author will deliver a manuscript which will only be read in 2114, when the trees - planted in 2014 - are chopped down to make paper on which the 100 texts will be printed.

Margaret Atwood led the way last year, handing over a manuscript entitled Scribbler Moon.

Mitchell, twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize, has predicted that books will live for at least another 100 years, despite the popularity of e-books.

David Mitchell locking the manuscript away in a box Credit: ITV News

Mitchell told ITV News: "Some new things turn out to be CB radio and other new things turn out to be the internet.

"Some things look like permanent game changers but actually they are slightly to a degree products of wishful thinking and hype."

His comments come as latest figures suggest there has been a resurgence in paper books.

Over the past five years, sales of consumer ebooks rose steadily from £94m in 2011, hitting a peak of £275m in 2014. But in 2015 they fell by 11% to £245m.

Over the same period, from 2011-2014, sales of physical books decreased - from £1.7bn to £1.5bn.

But last year the trend reversed and sales grew by 3% to £1.56bn.

Source: The Publishers' Association Statistics Yearbook 2015

He said he prefers reading a book rather than an e-book.

He said: "There is something meditative about reading, it's almost a form of an imaginative secular prayer, you are communicating with the mind of the author through the creations that have come through that mind, and you're interacting with it in your own mind.

"With paper there is something ancient about it, something connective and beautiful and it's all about paper."

He added: "There is something very sacred about the artefact, there is something tactile, there is something beautiful, there is something to do with ownership and a certain affinity with a book that I don't think has ever been replicated on an e-book while recognising they really do have their place."

The Cloud Atlas author said he found writing his latest text "liberating" as he "won't be around to take the flack if any of the things I have tried in the manuscript don't work".

Mitchell said there were very few restrictions.

The father-of-two told ITV News: "You can write whatever you want, so there could be a single page poem in there or there could be a 500-page blockbuster or anything in between.

"You can't talk about it very much if at all no one else can read it, there mustn't be any extant copies after you hand it in and no one gets to read it for a hundred years, that's it. unusual as briefs go."

Watch the full interview with Joel Hills on ITV at News At Ten.