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