And Away... Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The number one best-selling autobiography by national treasure Bob Mortimer.
Bob Mortimer’s life was trundling along happily until, suddenly in 2015, he was diagnosed with a heart condition that required immediate surgery and forced him to cancel an upcoming tour. The episode unnerved him but forced him to reflect on his life so far. This is the framework for his hilarious and moving memoir, And Away....
Although his childhood in Middlesbrough was normal on the surface, it was tinged by the loss of his dad and his own various misadventures (now infamous from his appearances on Would I Lie to You?), from burning down the family home to starting a short-lived punk band called Dog Dirt. As an adult, he trained as a solicitor and moved to London. Though he was doing pretty well (the South London Press once crowned him ‘The Cockroach King’ after a successful verdict), a chance encounter in a pub in the 1980s with a young comedian going by the name Vic Reeves set his life on a different track. And now, six years on, the heart condition that once threatened his career has instead led to new success on BBC2’s Gone Fishing.
Warm, profound and irrepressibly funny, And Away is Bob’s full life story (with a few lies thrown in for good measure).
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||16 September 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank||
455 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
18 in Biographies of Celebrities & Entertainment Professionals
26 in Biographies of Actors & Entertainers
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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.