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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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  • colleen
  • 03-10-16

A pleasure!

Fantastically written. Autobiographical, but not narcissistic like so many 'did I mention I'm amazing' texts written today. David's words were genuine, honest and laugh out loud funny throughout. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on his wife, which was heartfelt, touching and introduced you to an unknown part of David Mitchell. Thoroughly enjoyed!

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  • Nixy
  • 03-01-16

Made me LOL in places

Would you try another book written by David Mitchell or narrated by David Mitchell?

Probably not. I enjoyed it - however there are more gripping tales out there and I find his voice slightly nasally - sorry David

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well it's an autobiography so there's pretty much one main character - Audible, what's with the silly questions?

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Could you see David Mitchell: Back Story being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

The more celeb autobiogs I listen to the less interested I am in them. He did a credible job and managed to wrest a few out loud laughs from me - interesting when you're walking through town with your headphones on

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  • Dave
  • 02-23-16

Funny

Fabulous insight into the life of a normal boy made good. Mitchell is stunningly funny and made many a dull commute tolerable.

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  • Steve
  • 02-20-16

Funny but got a sensitive side

Found it a refreshing listen, funny, interesting but on occasions personal. I will always now see David Mitchell in a different light certainly not in a bad way. If you like David and what he delivers you will love this.

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  • James
  • 02-18-16

Honest and very funny, but he is a soppy bastard .

Glad it all turned out well in the end. Geniune insight into what as you'd expect is a complex Mr Mitchell. It's proper laugh out loud confined with true emotion.

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  • Paul
  • 02-17-16

There's more to David than first meets the ear.

I must say that the detail in which David describes his life and career is something that made me keep listening more than I have done with any other book. The mix of edgy grumpiness razor sharp wit and true emotion of his love for comedy and his comedy partner and most of all his love for Victoria make this a very open and enjoyable listern I cannot recommend it higher.

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  • Tim
  • 02-13-16

Very entertaining!

If you like David Mitchell from the TV (not the author) you will love this.

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  • Mr E J Isaac
  • 02-10-16

Superb

Honesty, dignity and humour - collectively bundled together in a roll-up of a sense of the world we all wished we had.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-16

yeah its alright

I'm still listening to it but Audible are bullying me for a review. So far I'm enjoying as a walking companion.

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  • Ian B Magic
  • 02-08-16

If you Love David Mitchell it's not a bad book.

How was the Narrator?
very good. I think the book benefits from being read by David himself.
Easy read or struggle to finish?
Sadly I struggled to finish this book. I am a fan of David Mitchell and his dry humour but not as much as you need to be to enjoy the book. In places it is relentlessly dry and it didn't inspire any laugh out loud moments.
I think this book would be great if you are a die hard David Mitchell fan as it has some interesting stories and reflections on his life. Sadly the book didn't tickle my funny bones the way that Peep show did.