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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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  • Mr. B. Davies
    England
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Worth the drone"

    Does tend to drone on in quite a whiney voice but the content is generally humorous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Honestly this must be honest"

    David Mitchell is intelligent and self-aware. There is an occasionally uncomfortable honesty in his telling of his life whilst walking as therapy for his painful back but this is an amiable tale and he really is both funny and lovable. Thank goodness for the truly heart warming outcome of his love for Victoria Coren.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Woking, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Overall enjoyable but drags in a few places"

    I like David Mitchell and enjoy his humour. The book was an interesting insight into his mind and his honesty at how he presents his 'character' to the world is refreshing. The trouble is in some places it tends to get a bit boring when he goes on about the inner working of radio and television commissioning. However these boring bits are punctuated with excellent humour which make you want to keep reading. Mitchell's reading is excellent but some people may find hours of his tone a bit tiresome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    bedworth, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Funny"

    I really enjoyed this book. Made me laugh out loud. Able to look at himself and say I'm a (beep) excellent read. Although I think it should have been called some wood in a pie but then you'll have to read it to find out why

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    12/20/12
    Overall
    "Excellent and Intellegent Autobiography"

    David Mitchell's wit and intellegence make this autobiography thoroughly enjoyable. His writing is also very moving in the final chapters when he speaks about his relationship with Victoria Coren. Would recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Rayleigh Essex, United Kingdom
    12/20/12
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    "Will make you laugh out loud!"

    This book is such a nice honest read. It will make you laugh from start to finish. (And perhaps a tear at the end)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Simmons
    Grantham, United Kingdom
    12/16/12
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    "Stop it; it hurts."

    This is simply a work of genius. Not only is it a fantastic insight into the haphazard world of TV comedy, but even more, it's an insight into the haphazard mind of a properly funny man. Warning: do not attempt to drive whilst listening to this book; the tears will get in the way of seeing properly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    12/12/12
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    "You'll find excuses to have a quick listen..."

    The other reviewers are correct, this is a fantastic audiobook.



    Being able to listen to the author read their own works is always a treat as only they can really extract the emotion out of the phrases. David is very easy on the ear and the honest treatment of his life and career is really fascinating.



    This isn't a willy-waggling 'aren't I great' book like some of the other types of memoir being punted about but strings of humorous episodes of life interlinked with insights on career building blagging.



    I loved it.



    Especially the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    London, United Kingdom
    10/7/13
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    "Great London guide book"

    Bought this to listen to in the car on a journey from London to Newcastle and back, flew up, can't remember any of the journey, laughing out loud and even had a lump in my throat at times, journey back dragged a bit, around Birmingham and before the M25 was a bit boring, too many name checks and a love letter to his girlfriend was a bit soppy. Finished it just as I arrived home. perfect! He reads it very well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Amersham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "An enjoyable read"

    I had no idea what to expect from this book having never really been a David Mitchell fan. Not because I didn't like him for any reason but more because I don't watch a lot of TV so I'd never really seen him before. This book however is delightful insight into the man on screen and his candour comes across as genuine and honest, as well as quite funny. All in all, a very good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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