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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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  • D. Simmons
    Grantham, United Kingdom
    12/16/12
    Overall
    "Stop it; it hurts."

    This is simply a work of genius. Not only is it a fantastic insight into the haphazard world of TV comedy, but even more, it's an insight into the haphazard mind of a properly funny man. Warning: do not attempt to drive whilst listening to this book; the tears will get in the way of seeing properly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    12/12/12
    Overall
    "You'll find excuses to have a quick listen..."

    The other reviewers are correct, this is a fantastic audiobook.



    Being able to listen to the author read their own works is always a treat as only they can really extract the emotion out of the phrases. David is very easy on the ear and the honest treatment of his life and career is really fascinating.



    This isn't a willy-waggling 'aren't I great' book like some of the other types of memoir being punted about but strings of humorous episodes of life interlinked with insights on career building blagging.



    I loved it.



    Especially the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    London, United Kingdom
    10/7/13
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    Story
    "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
  • Stephen
    Amersham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "An enjoyable read"

    I had no idea what to expect from this book having never really been a David Mitchell fan. Not because I didn't like him for any reason but more because I don't watch a lot of TV so I'd never really seen him before. This book however is delightful insight into the man on screen and his candour comes across as genuine and honest, as well as quite funny. All in all, a very good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stan
    Auckland, New Zealand
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "I loved this book"

    The title says it all. I didn't know much about David Mitchell, apart from some appearances on Qi and his Soapbox online (his shows are not on the telly here). It was his soapbox that caused me to download this book and I am glad I did. An autobiography is a very personal thing and, when being narrated by the author, can draw the reader (listener) in more than a third party can. But it can also come across as a bit self indulgent if you don't look out. David has ensured he has not crossed that line. He is honest and forthright about the times he could have done better (and not in a way that comes across as "Oh look at me, I am flawed, have overcome them and therefore you have even more reasons to admire me"). His writing style is such that you really enjoy listening to his story. The books structure of walking around London, that in turn brings up memories is a wonderful way to set up each chapter.



    As for the narration. The best way to listen to an autobiography is when it is read by the author. This is a clear example of this. Davids' reading is a pleasure to listen to.

    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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