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Entertaining - if a little light - memoir
on 11 August 2016
There are no great revelations to be found in David Mitchell's memoir; unless he is hiding one or two big secrets, there are no skeletons. This is both a strength and a weakness. A strength, because there was much I could relate to about a boy growing up in a middle class family, having the usual worries that we all have as children and teenagers. Mitchell is probably at his best here; describing life at the various schools he attended, and the insecurities of how to fit in. His time at Cambridge is drawn well, seeing him gradually find something that inspires him, and how that led to his career. It is interesting to see how success in TV/radio is almost in spite of the system rather than because of it. And his patience in his relationship with Victoria is rather touching.
The weakness is that it can all seem a bit empty at times; I'm not sure that the conceit of the walking tour really works. But he has a light touch - and some fairly severe self-analysis at times - so it is never heavy or really dry. Although a fairly light read, I did feel he was being open and honest (at least as far as he wanted to be) and knew a little more about what makes him tick.