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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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Listen again and again

David's insights are so funny that this book is well worth listening to multiple times. The chapter on his wife is especially touching.

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Well balanced

This is a great funny book but serious enough to be interesting. Makes you laugh and think as well.

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David Mitchell is a legend

His voice is one that I have grown very fond of. Honestly I have purchased it because of the Victoria bit, where he describes his hard times and the feelings towards her in the most caring way. Other than that, his life is an inspiring one and he described it in the most down to earth way possible! Thank you David Mitchell!

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Wonderful

If you like David Mitchell you will love this book! Hilarious, insightful, brilliant. I'll likely listen to it again.

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David as I hoped he would be!

if you love David Mitchell, a listen to this will leave you genuinely liking David Mitchell. The emotions come through to the end, where we are happy for him but still wanting more.

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Great of course.

I can only listen in bursts of 15 mins or so, though not due to tedium, but rather fear (at my advancing age) of dying of laughter. And considering that I live alone must risk the neighbors thinking I have perhaps gone over the edge. I have read the hard copy of this, but hearing DM tell it, puts it on another level entirely. Humor and brilliance don't often arrive together.

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Mitchell's great as always

A lovely story about one man's path to fame with a great ending. Narration's great.

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Original and delightful

I'm a huge fan of David Mitchell so hearing his "back story" was interesting but not necessarily surprising. He comes across as a genuinely nice person who understands what a privilege he's got. He worked his ass off but that's not always enough.

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If you love David Mitchell, you'll love this.

Very funny and enjoyable to listen to. I'm curious as to how he's handling having a kid now. Maybe someday he'll write "Further Back Story".

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  • Hallam
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 11-16-16

A must if you're a fan

Back story, absolutely. Loved hearing the inner machinations of a truly talented and entertaining bloke.

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  • 02-20-18

So funny, so David Mitchell

My favourite audiobook so far. Funny, self-deprecating, interesting and authentic. Loved it and recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-18

Laugh out loud, looking a bit deranged in the car.

Really interesting bio, funny, warm and full of interest. Highly recommend for an audio book

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  • Paul Fisher
  • 02-06-18

Entertaining

Well read although a bit of a mixture of interesting story and comedy anecdotes. Read in short bursts, better than long sessions.

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  • PavLove
  • 02-05-18

If you like David Mitchell you will like the story

I like how he structured his story. It wasn't just narration but as if he is taking you on the tour through.... Don't want to spoil your enjoyment. If you like him you will like the book. Performed by him as well in his "Peep Show" style.

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  • Barbara
  • 02-02-18

very enjoyable!!

my first memoir and I can honestly say it was very enjoyable. David does a lovely job

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  • D. Ham
  • 02-02-18

Outstanding

One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Great delivery, fantastic structure and a wonderful listen all round. Would highly recommend!

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  • Denise
  • 02-02-18

Endearing and charming

A lovely book in which the authors self deprecating style shines through. I felt invested in his story because I was instantly drawn in.

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  • marianne ponsonby-white
  • 02-02-18

Fantastic

Fantastic insight into the how and why of Mitchell and Webb. A truly beautifully told account of David Mitchell's life.

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  • Charlie
  • 01-24-18

Brilliant listen for a fan of Mitchel

Was excited to read this, even more so to listen to it read by Mitchell himself. Very funny, and would definitely recommend it to any fan of his.

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  • Mr. M. S. Jewell
  • 01-24-18

Wonderfull

An engaging and insightful life story wonderfully read by Mitchell. A joy to listen to or read.