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“This is an interesting one. David Mitchell has attempted to put a unique spin on the memoir format, by linking the life story together through a walk around London. It's a good idea and for the most part it works, although in some places it gets a bit contrived. Sometimes the "I'm walking by this and it reminds me of..." works and sometimes it doesn't. Still, it's better than just a boring diary-style, and it allows for some rants about the way the world works alongside the story of how he got to where he is today.
It's hard to review memoirs because it's like casting judgement on someone's life. What I'd say is personally, I found the early childhood and later adulthood more interesting, whilst the vast amount of Footlights performances left me less enthralled. I thought the most fascinating parts were about his relationship with Rob and his relationship with Victoria - and not from some fly-on-the-wall gossip perspective, but just because these are where he got really honest and interesting.
What it's like to be part of a double act, and what it's like to have to wait for the person you love... Mitchell admits that it's easier to write about the unhappier times, but then seems to wrap those sections up incredibly quickly.
Anyway, it's a good book, I share some of the world views and not others, and that's the kind of thing that makes for a fun read.
mrschristine wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013.