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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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  • Paul
    GODALMING, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Fantastic ! A must listen to"

    Although I have to put my hand on heart and say that I am a great fan of David Mitchell's work, this book is breathtakingly funny. Because it is read by David himself, he is able to deliver the devastatingly clever lines in his own comical manner, which doubles their impact. His story charts his childhood years, through his university days and collaborations with Robert Webb up to the present day. The tone is funny, self mocking and covers a thoroughly interesting life - well, the way he tells it anyway. There are also a couple of heart-warming moments too, particularly with regards to his sometimes tragic love life and the wonderful Victoria Coren.

    There's a reason that this is a best seller - it is brilliant!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M.D.
    Marlow, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
    Overall
    "Unstoppable"

    This is a fantastically engaging account of how an apparently normal child, growing up in a happy, loving, but in most ways unremarkable family became the phenomenon that is David Mitchell. The book is read well by the author, as you would expect (though many authors seem ill-at-ease reading their own autobiographies), and peppered with the wit and humour we have come to expect from this man. Highly-recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CAROLINE
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Absolutely loved it!!"

    This book was so interesting and funny. I loved that it was being read to me by David Mitchell!! My first audio book experience has been the best one!!

    I was absolutely gutted when the book ended! Will have to listen again!!

    Thank you x x x Caroline

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    Earls Barton, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "What you'd want his book to be like."

    David Mitchell (the non author one, though now he is, you know what I mean) takes us through his "Back Story" though the medium of a walk through his London neighbourhood. Witty and acerbic in much the way you'd expect, this is a great listen for any fans of his TV work. Very well read by the man himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Comber, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Superb"

    I loved this book. I started listening to it before going to sleep hoping that it would help me fall asleep, unfortunately it just kept me awake as I wanted to keep listening. The humorous way David Mitchell reveals his 'back story' left me wishing there was more to tell. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Bailey
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Insight into David Mitchell the man & the comedian"

    David Mitchell invites you to join him on his walk around London in a bid to get control of his aching back. During the walk he uses the landmarks to introduce his life and his journey into becoming the much loved star he is today. He takes you through his life at university, through his meeting of Robert Webb and his struggle to 'make it'. It's touching, honest sometimes a little name dropping. He is more humble than I expected and his meeting of his girlfriend is truly heartbreaking at times. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    London, UK
    4/5/13
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    "The best things about DM shine through"

    An excellent, interesting and funny autobiography. DM achieves a perfect balance of telling his life story and his own brand of witty observances and opinions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    United Kingdom
    3/20/13
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    "David Mitchell back story"

    I found my self laughing out loud, having David Mitchell reading it was superb. Definitely one of the most entertaining book I have listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
    Overall
    "well done"

    This is a good book, as you would expect from a famous author, I was hoping for more details about all the books that David Mitchell writes. Anyway it entertained me on my commute to Swindon, and much better than the Economics book I had listened to the week before.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • h
    London, United Kingdom
    2/2/13
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    "Funny, but a tiny bit dull."

    If you like David's unique wit you'll enjoy this. The first part about his childhood and youth is very funny.

    But he has quite a dull show biz life and does bang on a bit too much about agents, commissioning editors and series production.

    Anyone interested in the business side of comedy really should read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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