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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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  • 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
  • p.hammond@btinternet.com
    Leicester, England.
    3/5/13
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    "Brilliant vocals"



    Most of this is book is funny enough to make you smile or laugh out loud but add David's voice and it is doubles the laughter lines on your face. GET IT now

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    2/4/13
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    "Stick to the News Quiz!"

    Mmmm....! I like David - I have seen him on the News Quiz, Jam and Jerusalem and other notable TV shows - but this does not quite do it for me.



    Not sure if its his excentric approach to reading it but I found it tedious and hard going!



    Still - if you like hime - good luck and I hope you enjoy it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    Chippenham, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "What a funny man"

    Michell states in his book that he and the fiction character the he plays in Peep How, Mark Corrigan are nothing alike. After finishing his book I felt slightly differently.



    Back Story is full of little jokes that will make you laugh from start to finish. Michlel lived an awkward childhood not really knowing his place in the playground hierarchy. This makes for many a funny anecdote. Unfortunately as Mitchell grows up it don't get any easier, but his dry and bitter wit will make you see the funny side.



    Narrated by the author it is a funny and enjoyable read. My only critical is that it doesn't seem as though Mitchell has accomplished anything that really merits writing a book, although this is part of it's charm.



    Overall a good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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