Yes. It’s a book by THAT David Mitchell, the real David Mitchell, the one who has not previously written any books but what a great book it was. This was one of the best memoirs that I have read, or rather listened to – it has to be said I haven’t listened to many but this was a good one that I will be making others listen to parts of.
Just imagine David, on a rant on say Would I Lie To You (I love that show, if you haven’t watched it seriously have a gander on YouTube) and make it a 9 hour long episode of just him. Occasionally it lulls a bit, is more about him (as you would expect from an autobiography) and it’s not as entertaining but there are interludes of him going off tangent and for me these were some of the best parts. It read more like a novel in some respects as every chapter is started by a thought he has had on a walk and it just gets further and further off topic in parts.
Like any memoir, this goes in to his childhood, how he struggled at school, his despair when he didn't get in to Oxford university (he ended up at Cambridge, he became president of Footlights and that role was his goal), how his career in comedy really took off. There are exploits with many well known people, I particularly loved the insights in to his friendship with Olivia Colman, or Colly as she’s known to her friends.
For me though, the shining light has to be the penultimate chapter – his relationship with Victoria Coren (or rather Victoria Coren Mitchell as she now is). That woman is glorious, anyone can see it, and they are just so adorable together it makes me happy. This chapter filled me with a lot of warm fuzzies. The whole book is worth it for that chapter alone. It is pretty out of character, so to speak, it reads completely differently to the rest of the book but I think it’s a nice way to round it off.
Overall this was a great insight in to a hilarious man's life. I loved it.
The book is a gem. A rallying cry for normality delivered with understated mastery. Can anyone besides David Mitchell be rallying and understated in the same sentence?
A great insight into a rare celebrity that has similar thoughts and experiences that the average reader can relate too.
Such passion... Such story. highly recommend this book. Also probably wouldn't be as funny if he hadn't read it
"Phew, take a breath and chill out"
Not particularly high as his life has been fairly straightforward and not as multi faceted as some
Not sure I really know his formative years or about him as a person, but I guess I understand how he got where he is
To be honest I found David a bit one dimensional. In snippets his machine gun rattling of negative observations are spot on and funny, but when it goes on, and on, and on, and on...you kind of think you should say: "phew, take a breath and chill out"
If you thought life was bad let me tell you it's worse
Really enjoyed this. Interesting & hilarious :-) I have read the book before but listening to it in his voice was even funnier.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. A perfect example of when an autobiography is made infinitely more enjoyable and effective through narration by the author. It was hilarious and interesting, and struck the perfect balance between stories from childhood/career with interesting or silly side notes. He has written it very cleverly, as it is chronological but interspersed with other little stories of side notes (the walking around london setting is brilliant) so it doesn't read like a tedious listing of events. Loved every minute of it!
Loved every word of this fantastically narrated book. Buy it. Go on. Just buy it!
"i loved it"
The honesty, amusing as it definitely is, seems to cut right through you and I've never read a love story as touching as this - worth waiting for.
Just started watching Peep Show and it's brilliant stuff.
If it all caves in David can always do walking tours of London.