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:
©2012 David Mitchell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Really liked the book - very amusing. Even better for me that the author read it.
I was a fan prior to this read (listen?) but after this excellent insight into David's world I respect and admire the chap more so. I wish I could be so candid, honest and eloquent. Regrettably I am none of these things. Thank you for sharing Mr Webb, you're a good man.
Heart warming, funny, sincere. Amazing insight into the world of showbiz. Makes me want to be Davids friend. Good work
"everything you'd hope"
David Mitchell is just as witty as you'd hope. But surprisingly more like you and me and less a robot than you'd expect.
"entertaining - its no cloud Atlas"
As he himself explains right at the start of the book - he is that Davis Mitchell off the TV not the novelist and then as expected ties himself into a knot as clearly this is a book. Mitchell has a defined style that is present in virtually all he has done. If you enjoy the persona he portrays on screen then this walk through his childhood will entertain you as much as it did me.
"Very funny and well written"
Yes, David made the book come alive.
Defiantly David as he seems to bare all and tell the truth no matter how unbearable or embarrassing.
The Caravan and the Lobster or equally his student years.
Who me? A snap shot of David Mitchell
Very funny and well written. The book based on his walk around London, genius.
"Similar topics to Fry, but better (sorry Stephen)."
This is such a great Audiobook. I also listened to Stephen Fry's, but this is much better. They both discuss similar things in life, and travel a similar path: Not being cool, not wanting to be cool, Cambridge university, footlights, becoming famous, finding love etc.David Mitchell is far more comfortable with expressing his opinions about things - why he hates a certain part of society, for example. Stephen is far more eager to please, or keen not to offend anybody, and this seems to restrict how well you get to know him. The Fry books are still great, and Stephen is such a great man, but it was amazing to hear the two books back-to-back - how similar, but how different in their approach. David is very far from offensive, he just seems to be more comfortable with writing about what he thinks and feels, whilst making it funny at the same time. The funny bits never seem forced or part of a pretense, he is just a funny man. I listened to it twice.
"Entertaining and insightful memoir"
Funny insightful soulsearching
This is a memoir so David Mitchell himself as other people in his life feature only as supporting cast
Yes, David narrated himself so it was read as it was written, literally in the same voice.
His pining over his now wife Victoria and how they finally got together and are happy. Also a oddly moving childhood memory of his parents cooking a lobster in a trailer in France.
Much recommended listen. Interesting how the author challenges the views and feelings he had at various points in his life
No I listened to it over the course of probably 2 weeks
It was embarrassingly funny especially while listening to it on a crowded train, at times I found it very difficult not to laugh out loud, very funny and I enjoyed his delivery.
"A Life in a Walk"
Nerd gets girl
He played himself very well
When you review an autobiography you are really saying what you think of the subject. Well David Mitchell is funny. He has worked hard to be funny. He is quite self aware i.e. he knows that celebrity is a nothing, but not as self aware as he thinks he is.
The walk he describes is actually quite a long walk and would probably take about four hours to do.
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