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David Mitchell: Back Story | [David Mitchell]

David Mitchell: Back Story

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.
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David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

As well as giving a specific account of every single time he's scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details:

  • The singular, pit bull-infested charm of the FRP (‘Flat Roofed Pub’)
  • The curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm
  • Why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink
  • The pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds
  • The satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide
  • How doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica
  • Trying to pretend he isn’t a total **** at Robert Webb’s wedding
  • That he has fallen in love a LOT, but rarely done anything about it
  • Why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday
  • That he’s not David Mitchell the novelist, despite what David Miliband might think

©2012 David Mitchell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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    J. A. Kennedy 11-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Charming, witty, and genuinely funny."
    What made the experience of listening to David Mitchell: Back Story the most enjoyable?

    You may not laugh out loud frequently, but this book will have you chuckling fairly frequently. At the very least, you will be smiling consistently. That being said, the last two chapters are unbearably soppy (and unfortunately, bereft of humor). Still, you won't regret this purchase. Pick it up and enjoy the story of a somewhat awkward, but undeniably humorous, human being.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mano 10-19-14
    Mano 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"
    Where does David Mitchell: Back Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of the few audiobooks I have listened to, I have found this to be by far the greatest.Mitchell's honestly and openess, in combination with his dry humour makes this book an treat to listen to.For the price of a round of drinks you would do well to take on the life lessons of people like Mitchell.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charlotte christchurch, New Zealand 04-09-14
    charlotte christchurch, New Zealand 04-09-14

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    "One of the best books I've have read all year!"
    Would you listen to David Mitchell: Back Story again? Why?

    Yes, and in fact I have already listened to it twice, it is very enjoyable. I find David Mitchell to be a fascinating and humorous person, and I have greatly enjoyed listening to him tell the story of his life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think he has related the story of his life very well and made it very funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    it's all good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    where he talks about how he met Victoria and they got together it was very lovely.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very funny and enjoyable and I would highly recommend to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Brockie NZ 03-20-13
    K. Brockie NZ 03-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Honest and very funny"
    What made the experience of listening to David Mitchell: Back Story the most enjoyable?

    Hearing David Mitchell tell his own life story is a real bonus. He's wry, modest, occasionally ranty, and hilarious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Mitchell!


    What does David Mitchell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's good to hear the voice of the person who has written a memoir.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "A memoir, a map, a weight loss manual."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip ATHENS, Greece 03-11-13
    Philip ATHENS, Greece 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Never a dull moment, a barrel of laughs"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's an extremely funny read and very easy to read!



    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mb Dalveen, Australia 11-22-12
    mb Dalveen, Australia 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of David Mitchell: Back Story to be better than the print version?

    I have absolutely no idea whether it would be better to have the print version of back story as I only have the audiobook, and it's great. I'm not sure if it's because I'm already a fan of That Mitchell and Webb Sound/Look; David Mitchell's Soapbox/newspaper columns/appearances on panel shows or what, but listening to David Mitchell the comedian (not David Mitchell the author) read his own book - which makes him an author - brings this story to life. I think it helps that David and I are the same age and went to the same sort of schools, and have the same sorts of interests - theatre, history, beer etc. So when he talks of the world he grew up in I find it all very relatable in a completely hilarious way.David Mitchell is the sort of person who you like to think you'd probably get on rather well with if you met at a party and you both weren't too embarrassed to say anything at all.


    What other book might you compare David Mitchell: Back Story to and why?

    I would compare this book to the book you wish you could write yourself and have people you don't know wish they could be your friends. I'm not sure this is helpful.


    Have you listened to any of David Mitchell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have. Very well


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, yes there was.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Rovers 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    I'm a huge fan and Mitchell tells a fantastic story! Heart warming and funny! Great listen

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    R2u 04-30-15
    R2u 04-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "After the book was over, I missed him."
    Any additional comments?

    I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I suppose since I have watched all over Peep show, and loved watching him on "panel shows" such as Would I lie to you" and QI, it felt as if I was sitting down with him and listening to all the "back stories". At times I listened when I was walking. Today I walked with out listening...and actually missed him as if he had been walking along with me chatting.

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    Helen 04-07-15
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    "Entertaining"

    Not usually one for autobiographies, I really liked this book. Was over way too fast

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    Becky Dodd 03-12-14
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    "David Mitchell's Back Story"

    I loved this audiobook....but I'll admit that I'm biased, because I love David Mitchell in every exposure that I've had to him. He's witty, clever, engaging and has a turn of phrase in his book that make the entire audiobook compelling. The last chapter in particular made me tear-up and restored some of my faith in life and love. There is still hope for all of us.

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  • Robert
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    1/27/13
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    "A Charming Stroll"

    David Mitchell is a likeable man with a very honest take on how his comfortable middle class life has not exactly held him back. He writes well and by reading his own words he gains a star from me. He loses one though for the last 45 minutes or so in which he seems to lose some of the momentum built up by the rest of the book.



    I was thoroughly engaged for the most part and laughed quite a few times. The structure of the book, supposedly based on a walk around the area his live in North London to relieve chronic back pain, is clever and works very well.

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  • RICHARD FARLEY
    5/12/15
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    "Mitchell is brilliant."

    Just finished listening to it through for a second time, and it's even better than I remember. So funny, warming and genuinely entertaining throughout. Mitchell is of course brilliant at narration too, as you'll know from TV, or from his Soapbox on YouTube. Unmissable audiobook.

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  • matt123
    4/26/15
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    "Enjoyable and funny"

    A very enjoyable listen. You have too love David Mitchell. The way he thinks about things makes I can relate too and he tells it all in an amusing way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    England
    4/12/15
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    "Loved listening to David's story"

    interesting, insightful, funny, sad, honest...Will look forward to listening to the whole story again, apart from the lobster episode.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Burford, United Kingdom
    4/5/15
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    "Reviews Work"

    Listened to this on the strength of the reviews, didn't know too much about DM apart from HIGNFY and Ms Coren. Funny (of course), well-structured (as he walks through London) and, as with all show-biz memoirs, it's the before-they're famous part that's the most interesting by far. As Mr Fry's last episode confirms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KL Mohan
    England
    3/27/15
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    "Brilliant, funny and excellently read :)"

    Loved this autobiography. David Mitchell reads it brilliantly - lots of Laugh Out Loud moments, and written in enough detail for the reader to perfectly visualise. First class!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhys
    3/12/15
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    "Classic David Mitchell"

    Great audiobook, David Mitchell narrates his life from child, to Cambridge to peep show perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. F. Willis
    Aylesbury, UK
    3/12/15
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    "I love his work, you may not, so be it."

    Mr Mitchell is an interesting character, I really do enjoy what he produces but I do understand that some don't.

    His upbringing is pretty normal, he has a nice loving family, the really interesting part of this book is when he gets onto the subject of his now wife, Victoria Corran Mitchell, at that part you can almost touch his love for her, and feel the miserable existence when the relationship failed the first time.

    So thanks David, a good story well read and with real feeling.

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  • Matt
    3/10/15
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    "It was alright."

    I'm a big fan of David Mitchell and I found this to be a well written and well narrated book with moments of Mitchell's humour woven through it to make me laugh.

    I came away from listening to this still very much liking Mitchell, but there is no escaping the fact that he has had a relatively safe and uneventful upbringing. There are some good stories from his Footlights days but really it comes across as he had a happy childhood and then a relatively smooth and successful path into his chosen career, one which is competitive to get into and one in which he is enjoying success. I'm sure Mitchell wouldn't change that just so he could write a spicier autobiography, but there's no escaping the fact it doesn't make for the most controversial of memoirs (something he as much as admits himself).

    If you're a Mitchell fan it'll be worth the read, but don't come here looking for shocking exposés or revelatory confessions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    2/27/15
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    "Not your run of the mill celebrity autobiography."

    Properly funny, at times sweet and completely relatable. Whether you're a fan of his other work or not this is truly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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