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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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Why censor an autobiography? Please don’t do that.

If you purchase an autobiography by someone like Bob Mortimer, you should already know what you might expect to hear from time to time. I for one don’t appreciate having certain words bleeped out. I want the book in its entirety because I am an adult and am happy to hear and use every word in the language.

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I wish I could give it more stars

I love Bob Mortimer, and this book made me love him even more. I recommend anyone familiar with him, or even if you're not, give this one a listen.

And remember, always carry some spare pocket meat (or cheese) on your person.

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Thank you

Thank you Bob Mortimer. As a quiet lad,(now53). You book hits home. One of the best icons of British TV. Great read (listen). Can you say you read a book if you hear it on audible?

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If you know Vic and Bob…

You know those rare books, where you want to keep listening, where you really can’t help but grow in your admiration of the author, want to get to the end, but know when you do, it’s going to be sad, that there isn’t more?

This really is one of those books.

Bob isn’t the greatest, most polished of orators and you do get the feeling that he is reading, especially at the beginning. But that’s really what this is all about. Bob being Robert and telling an endearing story about his struggles, his upbringing and his unexpected trajectory to becoming a ‘shooting star’.

This has everything in it, from early childhood, life, loves and losses, through to the Jarvis Cocker / Michael Jackson incident up to his heart issues and fishing.

I’ve always liked Bob. He always seemed so unassuming and real. This book only proves that his true life character of Robert isn’t any different.

A true aficionado of the humble pie and mash and lover of processed meats and pocket cheese.

Thanks for sharing Bob.
Wishing you many more fish, ‘on the end of the stick’!

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Wonderful, narrated, beautifully written

Fabulous to hear and insight into one of my favourite comedians, influences and upbringing.
I highly recommend for anybody who enjoyed 90s and early 2000s comedy

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Such an interesting & engaging book

Loved it. Have quoted so many of his funny stories & more serious anecdotes on his life to my hubby and children. Would recommend to everyone as this covers the trials of real life .. with a lot of laughter thrown in.

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Great insight to a funny and interesting guy

I went in knowing how much I love Bobs comedy. I left loving someone with a fascinating past and new found respect for paying attention to pocket meat and health.

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Delightful!!

Love Bob Mortimer! His sense of humour is so whimsical to me. My own laughter catches me off guard because sometimes it’s hard to know where he’s going. But I think that is a big part of his charm!

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Lovely book, lovingly told

I am American, with British family. I get exposed to a lot more UK TV shows and other pop culture than most Americans. I've seen Bob Mortimer on #WILTY many times and found him refreshing, charming, and intensely funny. So, I had to get this book! What a lovely book!
It takes you through a breezy, casual journey of Bob's life with hilarious anecdotes, lovingly recounted memories, and self-effacing humor. What I loved were the reflections on his relationships, which are strongly woven throughout. I learned so much about the man that it makes me respect his comedy and him even more.
The one thing I loved most was the reflection at the end about his mom. You could feel the love Bob has for his mom -- a love I have for mine (who has also passed). I won't spoil the specifics, but if that passage doesn't cause you to well-up a bit (or even cry), then you've lost your humanity.
Thanks for the laugh and the tenderness! Your mom (and dad) would be proud!

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Bob Mortimer is a UK national treasure

A beautifully read biography- very nicely constructed that will both make you laugh and bring a tear to the eye
Bob Mortimer is not only one of the UKs most successful comedians but a thoroughly decent and very very likeable character.
I would recommend this book/ audio book to all- everyone will get something out of it.

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  • 09-17-21

A wonderful book

You can hear Bobs voice with every word. Although to be fair this the audible version, so that makes sense.

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  • David
  • 09-16-21

Perfect

That's it. It's perfect. Imagine the best Bob Mortimer autobiography you can. This is better than that.

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  • Mat
  • 09-16-21

It’s 7 hours or Bob Mortimer, it’s perfect.

I would recommend this audio book to anyone who wants to read the book but can’t read.

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  • O. Marsh
  • 09-19-21

Bleeped swearwords?

Bleeping out the c-word? Really, Simon and Shoe-ster? It's a book, not a tabloid newspaper!

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  • Rachael
  • 09-16-21

Bought this instead of Pearson's.

Excellent.
It was so good....
It made my brass hand fall off!

A real shame Bob WASN'T eating egg sandwiches during the recording but don't be put off as its a wonderful listen all the same.

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  • DonkeyTron
  • 09-17-21

Heart healthy

A lovely glimpse into the life and times of Bob Mortimer.
A book that is funny, moving and whimsical.
Bob talks openly about depression and his shyness which he found socially crippling, in a refreshing, matter of fact way.
We need to wrap Bob in cotton wool and take care of him he's a national treasure.

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  • daveyt
  • 09-16-21

So that's nice isn't it?

Lovely stuff from the funniest man on the planet. An essential purchase for any fan of Bob and looking for a daft laugh.

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  • Baldy
  • 09-16-21

Wonderful Man.

Listening to Bob is like listening to a Teesside version of your best mate. You want to hear every story he tells, buy him a pint then give him a hug when he offers you his fettaaa cheese.

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  • Dan Cooper
  • 09-16-21

Typical Bob

If you love him and his works then you will love this. Down to earth and hilarious as ever. Long live Robert Mortimer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-21

Read it. Especially if you’re a shy individual

Like every autobiography I have read, this book reminds you to travel, make decisions based on gut instinct, take every opportunity to meet new people and eventually you’ll have a life you love.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-22

Just Smiling

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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  • Caroline
  • 10-06-22

Absolute Joy

As someone who grew up with a healthy dose of Vic and Bob informing my comedy, I found this book an absolute delight. Open, honest and funny, I just wish it was longer because I enjoyed it so.
highly recommend

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  • Sam Eltringham
  • 09-20-22

Loved it

Took me back to where I used to live & the pop culture of Vic & Bob growing up. Great to hear how Robert came from a solicitor to a TV icon. So endearing & funny

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-22

If you are a fan

Like all bio’s you have to be a fan. I found this a great listen and not as manic as vics.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-18-22

Great storytelling and listening to Bob is a pleasure

Loved this audio book, I could listen to Bob all day. Great storytelling as you would expect. It’s one of the very few audiobooks that I will listen to again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-22

from Robert to Bob

A quaint tale from a humble star filled with song and laughter. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-22

Very entertaining

I laughed out loud and may have even shed a tear. Loved this story from start to finish! Bob's brand of humour is a gift to us all, thank you for talking us through your pivotal moments, although I'm not sure I can get on board with 'pocket meat' here in Australia, bit warm.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-22

Hilarious and simply lovely

Honestly, the most low-key funny book I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. What an absolute delight Bob Mortimer is.

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  • Cleny
  • 01-05-22

It's a beauty!

So glad I opted for the audio book... hearing it in Roberts own words made it so much more enjoyable. Just a shame the censors felt the need to bleep the swear words!

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  • Mrs Dexter
  • 12-22-21

Good, honest, Bob stuff

Always loved Bob and his wit. So really enlightening for his honest description of his challenges with health ,mentally and physically.
Having grown up to his and Vic’s entertainment, I hadn’t appreciated how early we were on to the scene and the path he had to get there.
A brilliantly narrated description of his life so far and I highly recommend this to anyone, even if you haven’t even heard of Bob Mortimer. There are so many life lessons to be learnt if you listen xxx