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And Away... Hardcover – 16 Sept. 2021
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‘…(a) fascinating and often poignant memoir.’ ― Daily Express & Daily Mirror
‘The book, too, grows more confident in talking about serious subjects as it progresses and it’s the honesty and openness that he allows in Gone Fishing that make And Away…, by the end, an unexpectedly moving read’ ― The Observer
‘A glorious collection of stories from an extraordinary life. Once you put it down, you may get the immediate urge to pick it up again. Yes, you couldn’t let it lie.’ ― Yorkshire Magazine
‘Bob Mortimer is pretty much established as a national treasure…So it's great to hear his story of how he got there first-hand…In the end he has become loved for being himself. And maybe that's the best type of success of all.’ ― Beyond the Joke
‘Bob’s recent reinvention via the …Gone Fishing series means a whole new audience might indeed be surprised at how many different things he’s done and will particularly admire the non-showbiz route to stardom in our age of driven but ultimately vacuous and content-free superstars.’ ― Yorkshire Bylines
‘It’s a precarious world, but And Away... is a heartfelt testament to the magic of finding your happy place within it.’ ― The Sunday Times
‘(a) touching, funny autobiography.' ― Observer
‘(a) comic masterpiece of a memoir: melancholically amusing, warm and witty’ ― Strong Words
‘Filled with anecdotes from Mortimer’s life, And Away… contrasts humour with a deeper contemplation of life following his open-heart surgery’ ― Radio Times
‘…deftly combines all the varied aspects of Mortimer’s eventful, fascinating life and paints a fully three-dimensional picture of this much-loved figure’ ― Chortle
‘…it’s everything you would want from the man who is the highlight of every show you see him on’ ― The Independent
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- Publisher : Gallery UK (16 Sept. 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1398505293
- ISBN-13 : 978-1398505292
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 9 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bob’s autobiography is every bit as funny, warm, touching and delightful as I had hoped. I read and listened to the audiobook. Bob reads the book himself which always adds a special dimension to an autobiography, and it really is a treat to listen to.
Sections of the book will be really familiar to fans of Would I Lie To You with many of Bob’s unbelievable but true tales from there also featured in the book. Viewers of Gone Fishing will also recognise stories as the gentle reflections Bob shared on screen with Paul are also echoed here.
There’s no arrogance in this book. There’s some self-criticism, but also just a sense of joy of the opportunities a shy boy from Middlesborough has had. The ending in particular feels very true to the image of Bob I have in my mind after three decades of watching him - funny, silly and kind. What better kind of person to spend a few hours with learning about their world.
He's not lost his North Eastern roots (nice mention of 'scraps' at the chip shop) and it's a journey of going down a career path towards being a solicitor until one night he decides to checkout a comedy night at a local pub..
Before long he's joining in with Vic Reeves (aka Jim Moir) and they're signed to Channel Four. There's some doubt that it's more than a flash in the pan and there's a hint throughout that he feels he's intruding on the whole showbiz scene. He's quite cutting about his own a ting abilities (or lack of them as he sees it).
BM comes across as a nice bloke who to a certain extent got lucky that night he went to see Vic Reeves but who has more than made it into a double act.