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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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Jokes delivered by the author

In the past 2 years I have grown to love David. And I find books narrated by the author, especially comedians, are essential. It's funny and witty and has a very pleasant ending.

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fantastic!

funny and entertaining from start to finish. Though now I'm wondering if I may be someone's humourless Canadian cousin...

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surprisingly brilliant! Average guy, amazing life :-)

David Michel's folks should be proud, he's a decent man telling an amazing story. With all his fun, sometimes biting rants there's always an element of kindness👣

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Great listen during walks

A must for fans of British comedy and wonderful how his voice softens when he finds love, in the end.

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David Mitchell Being David Mitchell

I'm not sure if this audiobook would have worked if Mitchell hadn't narrated it himself. Fortunately, he did, ensuring that his trademark ranting, griping, arrogance, and self-depricating humor came through in every chapter. The personal anecdotes are both amusing and insightful, although some of the rants are recycled from Mitchell's numerous TV appearances. Overall, a fun and funny autobiography.

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Honest and funny.

Any additional comments?

I had moved from the UK to the US back in 2000 so relied on relations back home to keep me up to date on 'newer' comics on TV there. One mentioned 'Peep Show' to me a while back and after finding a few episodes on YouTube I started to look into Mitchell and Webb a bit more as I enjoyed their brand of humour. David Mitchell is a regular on the panel TV show "Would I Lie To You" where his brilliant and eloquent wit is on full display and along with Lee Mack and Rob Brydon make this show required viewing.
So browsing Audible I came across David Mitchell's memoir. It is a very honest and engaging listen. Serious at times, beautifully written and extremely funny with many laugh-out-loud moments. Highly recommended!

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Witty and enjoyable read from a great natural writer

You don't necessarily expect a memoir of a celebrity to be beautifully written. You don't expect necessarily to find a truly great writer to emerge through the smog. I don't know anything about the other author David Mitchell but this one is a born writer. I really hope he catches the writing bug from this. I'd love to be able to read more from him.

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If you like Mark, You'll love David.

I am a middle aged woman who lives in Colorado and draws horses for a living (the western kind....with saddles and stuff). I'm just telling you this so that you can grasp the idea that someone like me can be so pleased with my purchase even though I am probably as far away from the ideal target demographic of this book can be (geographically and otherwise).

I first became aware of David Mitchell from BBC America's running of the Peep Show series. It is, to this day, the funniest show I've ever seen. I once wrote on an online dating website that if you'd ever even HEARD of Peep Show, then yes, I would marry you. (Surprisingly, I got quite a few responses) So, I had high expectations that this book would be wonderful and I was right. I've been to London a few times, but I didn't know who a lot of the people he talked about were, nor had I heard of some of the shows he's been on besides Peep Show, but it doesn't matter. He's funny and smart and that's why I like him as an entertainer.

An excellent listen by a brilliant and funny man.

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A Must-Listen for Any David Mitchell Fan

An engaging and interesting look into the mind of one of modern comedy's best minds. Learn about the man beyond his panel show persona.

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  • claire
  • Goodyear, Arizona
  • 10-17-15

wonderful

David Mitchell has an amazing insight into himself he shares with the reader. You will forever feel aquainted with him.

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  • Joanne
  • 01-19-18

A Tremendously Sweet Memoir

This book would have been a nice read, but it is enhanced so much by being read aloud by Mitchell himself. It feels so much like he's personally sharing these stories with me, the listener, that at times I felt genuinely annoyed with him for not pausing for me to respond to him verbally.

Here's hoping I never meet DM in real life (especially not on holiday) now that I know so much about him from these intimate one-sided chats.

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  • Golnaz
  • 01-18-18

Fun listen

Really enjoyed this. Would've been boring if I had read it and did drift off at some points but as a whole it was an enjoyable listen.

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  • Carla
  • 01-17-18

Just brilliant

Not much to say other than I feel like a more whole person having listened....Just life and thoughts and relatable feelings. Brilliant. Reminiscent.

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  • Faith Cox
  • 01-15-18

As expected!

Not the most riveting of books but made better by him reading his own story.

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  • Molly bby
  • 01-13-18

This book, David, and all his words kept me going.

I loved the book, I loved the narration.
what a wonderful way to enter the world of audiobooks.

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  • Max Coburn
  • 01-12-18

Excellent

A great listen so honest, intelligent and funny, so glad that he has found the love of his life, enjoy his happiness and we'll enjoy his humour.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-18

a very sincere read

I haven't written anything coherent in about a year, but David Mitchell - as he did with my presumptions towards sketch comedy, panel shows and audio literature - will force me to love it. I am thrilled to say that I adore this book. for those of you who are here from the rabbit whole that Peep probably started you on, I will say that I could not imagine enjoying this as much had I not heard David Mitchell narrate it.

Buy this. Buy it now. I don't care if you scum the 1 month free trial, just bloody listen.

I'd write more but I'm on a phone in the streets of Liverpool and my fingers may have just been broken.

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  • James Wing
  • 12-19-17

Excellent

A very entertaining look at the world behind the projects he’s worked on and filled with his trademark angry rambling rants. Worth a credit.

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-13-17

brilliant, witty and heartwarming

I loved this look into David Mitchell's life, I can commiserate with his back pain. This was an excellent book, funny honest and entertaining.

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  • Ronan Doyle
  • 12-12-17

Mitchell fan enjoyed book about Mitchell

Great book about Davids life, highly recommend it to both fans and anyone looking for an uplifting story about following your dreams. It is great because its narrated by David so you get the story exactly as he wanted it told. Its also terrible cause its narrated by David with his trademark naselly voice! ha.