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And Away...

By: Bob Mortimer
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Publisher's Summary

The number one best seller and Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year 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).

©2021 Bob Mortimer (P)2021 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic Reviews

"Delightful...it's a precarious world, but And Away...is a heartfelt testament to the magic of finding your happy place within it." (Sunday Times)

"Everyone will love this book." (Caitlin Moran, Times Magazine

"Wonderfully entertaining and surprisingly poignant." (GQ

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A Treasure.
I don't really feel the need for a 15 word review, so now that I've used the 15 words required, I will simply repeat.
A Treasure.

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A unique person

Someone like Bob emerging out of the woodwork is both amazing and not surprising at all. How does the UK create these freaks. In comparison Australia is a wasteland. What a delightful book.

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Great insight into the legend that is BM

Very interesting regarding his family
Life, upbringing and his personal challenges. What a man. Some very funny laugh out loud parts too. Great listen / read

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It’s our Bob. And it’s brilliant.

What more needs saying? Hopefully a second volume someday? You’ll find no finer expert on pocket meat and comedy. Or comedy pocket meat, for that matter!

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Great listen

I really enjoyed listening to Bob Mortimer tell his story. It was easy listening, nice to have a bit of a laugh.

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This is a Ripper!

Bob gives a down-to-earth recount of his life. Heartwarming, honest and humorous, there is much to learn about Bob Mortimer. What strikes me is his loyalty, his love for his mum, Lisa and his boys and his nearest and dearest friends. He is incredibly genuine and great to listen to.

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Funny and authentic

Bob’s genuine nice character came through as he told his story with self deprecation and humility. Loved all the little details that really « took me there ». Thanks Bob for all the chuckles.

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Loved this

I was already a fan of Bob but now I love him more. A great life story with loads of laugh out loud bits. Fab.

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Enchanting

This didn’t disappoint.
Bob is as kind, empathetic and nutty as I hoped he would be.
What a lovely man.
Will think of him fondly whilst hoovering x

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Loved it. Bob is a charming fellow with a delightful storytelling style. His acting is better than he thinks. He doesn’t die in the end.

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