COMPETITION: Win one of 7 copies of DAVID MITCHELL: BACK STORY - out now in all good bookshops

A Memoir

Published by HarperCollins
23rd May 2013, £7.99 PB
Also available in ebook, plus audio CD and download, read by David Mitchell

Nerdish facts about London, his life story and funny riffs about things that just bloody well annoy him, such as pubs with flat roofs and the stupidity of Captain Hastings in Poirot...typically endearing...touchingly honest’ The Guardian

In this frank and very funny memoir, David Mitchell reveals:

How to become a comedian
Why Sherlock Holmes was right about school
What it’s like to get stage fright on QI
How to behave in a gents’ toilet
The danger of lobsters
The problem with hats
What not to do if you meet Michael Palin
Why Peep Show is a terrible title
What pepper does to a birthday cake
How to buy pants
How to be a best man
How to get someone to go out with you after only three years of trying

– or, at least, how it was for him.

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 pretty much every British TV or radio panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Quote Unquote, 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’. But if you’ve arrived at this page after reading all the previous ones, you’ll know that already.

‘Remarkably honest...uncommonly moving’ Mail on Sunday

‘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 

‘4 stars...his feelings about her [Victoria Coren] bring to a sentimental close a string of observations that are as funny as they are thoughtfully composed.’ Metro

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