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This review is from: David Mitchell: Back Story (Hardcover)
There's a lot said about the celebrity auto-biography genre. Too many, too early in their career, not done enough etc. This one teeters on the edge a little. Mitchell takes us on a symbolic walk through London, remedial treatment for his back (Back Story, geddit?), while landmarks trigger memories that happily lead us into the next chapter.
It's in huge contrast to Camp David by David Walliams that Mitchell is happy to concede that he had a very happy childhood, albeit that much of the dating scene passed him by. A brief trip through the Cambridge Footlights leads us to a few shows in Edinburgh, the genesis of Peep Show, various sketch shows, ending with the panel show stalwart that we know and enjoy.
It would be wrong to say that I didn't enjoy it, it's funny, it's charming and it's intelligent. Did he need to write it yet? After all, Arthur Smith has crammed twice as much into the same space, and there is a part of me that feels that a life needs to be fascinating or at least long before it is worthy of a memoir.