David Mitchell: Back Story
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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, pitbull-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 at 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
‘One of the best celebrity memoirs of last year…his outsider geek personality translates just as well on the page as it does on TV.’ Metro
‘It livened up about half way through with the appearance of me. But enough of David's life. The book is wonderful from beginning to end.’ Robert Webb
'David Mitchell is an extremely funny man on screen, in person, in print and very probably underwater.' Sam Bain, co-writer of Peep Show
‘He can write’ Evening Standard
‘Fluent, discursive, intelligent.’ Evening Standard
‘If you like Mitchell on television, you will like him in this book.’ Shortlist
Result!!!!.....having spent the past four years being poked in the ribs by one or several small kids...to wake up an finish reading them their bedtime story......I didn't fall alseep once reading this book. In fact, I think this book has actually got me my 'reading legs' back....so thanks Mr Mitchell!....job well done. A thoroughly entertaining read, enlightening, revealing, candid, very witty. My perfect kind of book. The last book I read with such gusto was Andre Previn's hilarious and enthralling autobiog about 15 years ago!
5 our of 5 Pasties from me
I've always been a fan of David's comedy - especially when collaborating with Robert Webb - and the unique intellectual perspective that he displays in panel shows and his written work. Therefore, I was always going to buy this book. In true form, David makes his wholly unremarkable life story eminently readable, frequently hilarious and always extremely, extremely clever.
David Mitchell: Back Story
If you appreciate comedy and are a fan of Mitchell and Webb this is a must read. Plenty of laugh out loud moments.