- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harper (23 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007351747
- ISBN-13: 978-0007351749
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
David Mitchell: Back Story Paperback – 23 May 2013
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‘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
About the Author
David Mitchell is a comedian, actor and writer. He stars in Peep Show, writes for the Observer, co-hosts 10 O'Clock Live, has appeared in every TV or radio panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Quote Unquote and A League Of Their Own and has been in two films neither of which made a profit. He is married, childless and the polysyllabic member of the double-act 'Mitchell and Webb'. Soon he will do more.
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Dave's writing this for his thesis for his Masters in History, and it makes good reading. I especially enjoyed his walks around London, as someone who does this, but not for back reasons, I found it interesting it wasn't just me who went out for walks when things got too dull, or just needed a change of air. Dave wanders around London talking about what reminds him of what, and of course his favourite passtime, finding FRPs - which I found really funny as he was right about them!
There's a brief childhood history lesson of Mitchell, how he came from Oxford and made his way to Kilburn in London; from first meeting Robert Webb right though to when he first met Victoria his wife (or is that to be?). Everything from his first Edinburgh fringe is discussed here, and how Peep Show came to be commissioned by C4.
I really enjoyed this book, although I did not read it in one full week (or two). I did leave it on the sofa arm for a while, and that's mainly because I was busy doing other things, but where ever I went I took it with me. David's stories are fascinating and amusing - especially when he let stereotypes of Liverpool cloud his judgements. I like the way he discusses his friendship with Webb and how they became friends, and the last two chapters are probably the most revealing about David than any others.
This hardback edition is a good way to read it too, nice typeface and easy to hold.Read more ›
It is brilliantly written and easy to read. There is nothing earth shattering within the covers of the book, just a very genuine, heartfelt and funny account of his life. You can really "hear" Mitchell's voice as you are reading and, when he can't help himself "going off on one" it is hard not to smile. As a fan of peep show from series one, it is interesting to read what a slow burner this series was - I still find it hard to read or listen to Mitchell without a little part of me hearing "Mark Corrigen" and/or his soapbox rants so it is fascinating to read his account of how his own personality is entangled with that of his now most famous character.
As I say there is nothing momentous about the book (unless you count the fact that he has never been offered cocaine and is a bit peeved about it like a vegetarian booking a Christmas meal who isn't offered the turkey option).
Each chapter starts with a couple of paragraphs following him on an imaginary walk across London which, whilst it allows for some funny observations, doesn't really add much to the overall story and it also feels as if he was keener to get a pun into the title of the book than to actually discuss any back troubles which he has. Unless I missed a chapter there really was very little mention of any sciatica.
I was one year below Victoria (then known as "Vicky" before she rebranded) Coren at college and so have vaguely followed her career since.Read more ›
So I was hoping that this would contain more of the naturally warm and funny Mitchell that I love on TV, and less of the over-written comedian - and I'm really delighted to say that I think it does. Mitchell shines through every page as an intelligent, caring, warm person with a really sly sense of fun coupled with a very real humility. His chapter on meeting and falling for Victoria Coren is genuinely touching (pity the other reviewers here who have sneered at this chapter) and overall he's re-confirmed himself as someone I'd really be pleased to call a friend. Sometimes, less really is more, and to have overdone this memoir would have been a shame.
God, but he was a dorky-looking teenager though....!
Yes, it's David Mitchell the comedian. Hence his face on the cover....and in the amazon video explaining how he isn't the guy who wrote Cloud Atlas (another great book btw!)....and in the book jacket... etc.
That established I found it to be a thoroughly entertaining read, part life story and part general observations of life, all told with humour and humility. Several times I actually laughed out loud and I found the honesty very refreshing. There are no great tragedies in this book, it's not a hard luck story, but it's full of the little things that some of us find awkward or uncomfortable at times. Right down to buying pants in Marks & Sparks - well I'm not even famous and I don't really like it!
I haven't seen too much of his work on TV, but having watched a few episodes of 'Would I Lie To You', detailing some funny (if slightly odd!) truths from his past, I thought the book might be a good investment. In my opinion, it really is. And (spoiler alert) it has a happy ending. My kind of book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An entertaining read but not very funny considering Mitchell is a comedian. It does illustrate how hard Mitchell worked to get were he is today.Published 10 days ago by miss michelle Taylor
The Cloud Atlas is my Favorite Novel of his , i never new he was a comedian too ?Published 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
I finished this book with mixed feelings. David Mitchell is a likeable and hard working performer and its inevitable that "fans" will want a little background on his route... Read morePublished 14 days ago by DN PERKS
I really like the way this is written - I certainly laughed out loud in places.Published 14 days ago by Gary Allwood
A nice read, interesting and quite funny in places. I've read some of the reviews and I do think reading a book is down to personal preferences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Tomlinson
Disappointed with this book as like the author on Would I Lie To You but book tends to start a subject and go off on a tangent got bored half way through sorry not for mePublished 1 month ago by Anon
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