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David Mitchell: Back Story Audiobook

David Mitchell: Back Story

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • MFW
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

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  • miss
    2/26/15
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    "Everything I wanted it to be. "

    I have listened to this book more times than I could count, I love his honesty, I think this book is one of the most truthful and heart warming reads. he is just fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pocket Earwig
    2/26/15
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    "Sweet"

    Sweet, funny and moving. Well read by the author. Great mix of personal and industry stories. All you could ask for in an autobiography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darrin Howe
    2/25/15
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    "Good Listen"

    Really liked the book - very amusing. Even better for me that the author read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KevQuoi
    Emsworth
    2/13/15
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    "Engrossing read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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