David Mitchell: Back Story
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 11 October 2012
- Individual Actors & Performers
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This is a book about the hopes and dreams of British comedian, David Mitchell. His greatest and most original talent is observational comedy of the highest analytic order. Mitchell can take any subject, dissect its truths and turn it into comic gold. When he is doing this, which is about 50 percent of the time, the book is a joy. The other fifty percent is devoted to the usual showbiz 'hey! wow!' type of thing, and is consequently somewhat as dull and vapid as its subject.
Audible's relatively spotty collection has led to me buying a few titles that I would never ever otherwise consume. A celebrity memoir? Really? Who am I?<br/><br/>David Mitchell is a likeable, middle-class, small c conservative British comedian. I enjoyed his book, in no small part because it's read by the author and I find his voice reassuring (I usually find middle class British accents reassuring, a fact that I find strangely disconcerting.)<br/><br/>Mitchell grows up the eldest son of two former hoteliers turned polytech lecturers, goes to a small independent school, is accepted to Cambridge, joins footlights, puts in some hard work and becomes a moderately successful and well know comedian. That's the story. It's not very interesting. Mitchell tells it well and I've spent a pleasant weekend listening to it. There.<br/><br/>The second to last chapter concerns his relationship with Victoria Coren (his then fiancée, now wife). This chapter it has to be said is quite lovely and occasionally adorable.<br/><br/>I cannot imagine that anyone who doesn't already like David Mitchell would read this book. But if you do, and haven't got anything else on, your expectations will probably be pleasantly met.
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