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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 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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Perfect

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

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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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Bleeped swearwords?

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

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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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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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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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Bob doing what he does best

After an hour it's been a mismash of random thoughts.

It's Bob to a tee and it's wonderful

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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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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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  • Paul B
  • 07-02-22

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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  • Ian Brassett
  • 25-10-21

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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  • Brittany
  • 22-09-21

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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  • Adrienne Warg
  • 05-05-22

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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  • MJCLAXDEN
  • 02-04-22

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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  • Fiona B
  • 05-03-22

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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  • R O'B
  • 28-02-22

Fab, we ♥️ u Bobby!

Tres bien. Just a really good warm book filled with interesting stories, silly but sincere too.

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  • Saab
  • 15-02-22

Just a brilliant special soul. Love you Bob!

Absolutely loved this. It’s amazing how someone can be so fragile for so long yet through relationships with people - that which he lacked and brought him the most fear in his earlier life- he would bloom into the wonderful and genuine person we grew up with and loved. Bob was always my favorite out of the Vic and Bob duo, and I think it’s because Bob always looked so happy and seemed to be having a bloody good time performing on stage. Little did I know, that this unbridled joy was coming from within a person that had that locked deep inside for so long. Everything Bob has done has been earned through hard work, perseverance, duty, and most of all love. Bless your beautiful heart Bob Mortimer. May your star be forever in our sky.

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  • Libby
  • 31-01-22

Gentle and humorous

I really liked listening to Bob and his take on life. I didn’t know he was so shy and his advice at the end was perfect! I’m going to miss listening to him now the book is finished.

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  • Michael Davis
  • 07-01-22

Would I Lie to you?

With this book, Bob reinforces his position as one of the funniest and seemingly nicest blokes.
I learned a few things, related to a few experiences and laughed a lot.
This Charming Man is always entertaining.