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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. G. Mathias
  • 08-26-17

great biography

I think this book is everything a biography should be. I've been a fan of Mitchell since watching the first series of Peep Show so it's probably no surprise I like his autobiography.

Firstly I love it when authors read their books, which he does with aplomb.

The narrative is well written in Mitchell's humorous dry style.

Really good listen, looking foward to listen Rob Webbs version of events.

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  • Gemma Hurrell
  • 06-23-17

Brilliant !!

Absolutely love him, his use of language, his take on every day situations, can get enough !

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  • Susan Random
  • 05-24-17

David Mitchell: Back Story

This was a truly excellent book, made even more enjoyable by the author's rendition of his own work. Entertaining, insightful and touching in equal measure, it's everything a great autobiography should be.

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  • Paul g
  • 05-16-17

good listen

I really enjoyed this audio book Mitchell is superb at telling stories he make a everything sound Interesting.

I am a big fan of peep show but even if you aren't it's a good story.

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  • Dr
  • 05-11-17

Fantastic performance

Brilliantly read by a charismatic guy. Funny and a good eye opener into his life, hopes and aspirations.

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  • Mr Gareth
  • 04-27-17

Really great listen!!

Really glad David Mitchell is narrating this himself.. just as funny as on TV and gives you a really good look into how he has got to where he is now. What a legend!!

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  • VOTN
  • 04-21-17

Most amusing and insightful

An honest, sometimes painfully honest, recounting of a relatively ordinary life, highlighting the ridiculousness we all encounter in everyday life. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Michael Hazley
  • 04-19-17

Exactly as I expected, only funnier!

Aside from the awful singing voice (which only comes out a few times), I found all of this listen to be pretty darn good. Very insightful and interesting. Very funny and witty. Definitely grew a better understanding of David and who he is. I would obviously recommend this to all fans of Peep Show, panel shows and autobiographies.

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  • Mr.
  • 04-14-17

Witty and whimsical

Last section is a little sentimental for what you look for from Mitchell but the rest is delightful

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  • landoners
  • 03-23-17

Hilarious

David Mitchell's narration of his own book is amazing, makes it even more hilarious
And also easy to connect to personally as he makes it so