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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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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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  • h
    London, United Kingdom
    2/2/13
    Overall
    "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
  • Napalm_trickster
    Kingston, SW London
    1/5/13
    Overall
    "comical prose"

    Though was not a fan of the show peep show; Their is something about David Mitchell that it's just funny listening to him talk about things. Can talk quite fast so not a good listen if your tired or just looking to pass the time; Do love the style of his writing;

    it's an interesting insight into the mind of David Mitchell; though it may not be as personal some would like; but this is a gem, and is well worth getting whether to read or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Louth, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "laugh story"

    As I love Mitchell & Webb I was looking forward to hearing David Mitchell read his own story & I wasn't disappointed. As I listened to it I was often laughing out loud. Fortunately I was usually either dogwalking in the country or cooking in my kitchen. David wrote about his nerdiness as well as the nicer bits of him & it was good to have a really happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Great news for lovers of Freudian Comedy"

    This was a thoroughly genuine book, which served a dual purpose of providing the reader with a view on David's comedy and psychological development simultaneously - good news for all those into humour or Freud, basically.



    The outline of his childhood were both amusing and poignant, and many middle-class listeners will sympathise with his experiences of school and description of minor angst with life in general.



    David has a similar voice in his autobiography to the one expressed by his character in Peep Show, including the delightful fits of indignation against everyday nonense that afflicts us all.



    From the ironic title (his story involves a back injury) through to the last page, you know what to expect from David and are very glad for receiving it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Abram, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Excellent"

    If your a fan of David Mitchell then you will love this audiobook it is very witty and having read it by the man himself make it a excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anastasia
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Witty, great delivery."

    What this book may lack in trials or grit, it makes up for in humour. David Mitchell's life thus far hasn't been the arduous, difficult, tragic journey that many other autobiographies include, but is very relate-able, honest, and funny.



    I'm not normally a fan of autobiographies, but I love David's humour and it really comes across in this, with the writing style, the narration and David's skewed observations. If you're a fan of any of his work, odds are you'll enjoy 9 hours more of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    Greenford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "best audio book downloaded so far!"

    Been a fan of david mitchell and was going to buy the kindle edition-luckily i checked audible first! I thoroughly recommend this-even if you've never heard of dm-its so enjoyable you want it to never finish! Thanks dm and audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goatheed
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "fantastic book"

    Just 40 minutes each day, through the car speakers.

    Nearly lost faith in reading.

    Thanks to Mitchell's hilarious narration. I'm hooked again

    Uplifting story of faith in self, that journey about focus on future plans and

    belief that good things happen to good guys.

    I''ll be buying books again.

    Just needed someone to read a great one to me...

    Smashing facial workout through laughter...



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    NORTHALLERTON, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Pure Joy!"

    David Mitchell's 'Back Story' is warm, funny, smart and very entertaining. An interesting and fun insight into David's life, before he became that funny bloke off the telly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PILLEY M.
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Great autobiography !"

    Very funny and even better that it is read by the man himself. Very laugh out loud and not the best to listen to in a work place or train journey. David Mitchell reads it well and keeps the laughs coming throughout the book.I would most highly recommend this book to anyone who likes his style of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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