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The long-awaited first 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.)

2 x 8pp colour Bob Mortimer was born in Middlesbrough in 1959, the youngest of four sons. He trained as a solicitor before a chance encounter with Vic Reeves in the 1980s led to a successful career in comedy as half of duo Reeves and Mortimer. His screen credits include Shooting Stars, Big Night Out, Catterick and most recently BBC2's Gone Fishing. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @RealBobMortimer.

  • Contributor: Bob Mortimer
  • Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • ISBN13: 9781398505292
  • Number of Pages: 336
  • Packaged Dimensions: 153x234x29mm
  • Format: Hardback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Release Date: 2021-09-16
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Biography: Bob Mortimer was born in Middlesbrough in 1959, the youngest of four sons. He trained as a solicitor before a chance encounter with Vic Reeves in the 1980s led to a successful career in comedy as half of duo Reeves and Mortimer. His screen credits include Shooting Stars, Big Night Out, Catterick and most recently BBC2's Gone Fishing. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @RealBobMortimer.


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Joe90_guy26/08/2021 07:16

I never understood how this guy was ever considered funny. I watched the …I never understood how this guy was ever considered funny. I watched the fishing thing he did with Paul Whitehouse, who I've always liked. It just reinforced what I've always thought.


Definitely in the minority pal.
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One of the very few autobiographies I’d buy. Bob’s given me years of entertainment tho so would love to support him

Any Athletico Mince fans here? Great podcast with Bob and Andy Dawson
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Ordered, along with a supply of Fuji 9
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He just wouldn't let it lie
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    Looking forward to this.. have as a pre-order on Audible
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    He just wouldn't let it lie
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    Vic Reeves/Jim Moir unfortunately trumped all past, present and future biography titles with "Me:Moir"
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    One of the very few autobiographies I’d buy. Bob’s given me years of entertainment tho so would love to support him

    Any Athletico Mince fans here? Great podcast with Bob and Andy Dawson
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    buliztik25/08/2021 22:20

    Vic Reeves/Jim Moir unfortunately trumped all past, present and future …Vic Reeves/Jim Moir unfortunately trumped all past, present and future biography titles with "Me:Moir"



    Think he must have taken an early lunch the day he came up with that…..!
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    On Amazon it is currently no 1 best seller in Opera Singer Autobiograhies ... it must be true, it's on the internet
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    Legend seeing him soon in Manchester 🙌🙌
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    Ordered, along with a supply of Fuji 9
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    Moonmonkeys25/08/2021 22:45

    Ordered, along with a supply of Fuji 9


    Make sure they include the measuring spoons.
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    Bought. Have a campachuchoo on me.
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    I never understood how this guy was ever considered funny. I watched the fishing thing he did with Paul Whitehouse, who I've always liked. It just reinforced what I've always thought.
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    Joe90_guy26/08/2021 07:16

    I never understood how this guy was ever considered funny. I watched the …I never understood how this guy was ever considered funny. I watched the fishing thing he did with Paul Whitehouse, who I've always liked. It just reinforced what I've always thought.


    Definitely in the minority pal.
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    Always preferred Vic Reeves.
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    edavies8726/08/2021 07:20

    Definitely in the minority pal.


    Think that's called selection bias pal.
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    Joe90_guy26/08/2021 07:25

    Didn't like him either.


    I’d say they’re both surrealists, so definitely a particular taste
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    I do beg your pardon, there’s someone in your garden.
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    Joe90_guy26/08/2021 07:16

    I never understood how this guy was ever considered funny. I watched the …I never understood how this guy was ever considered funny. I watched the fishing thing he did with Paul Whitehouse, who I've always liked. It just reinforced what I've always thought.



    Love that show. Bob dressed as an almost naked Noel Edmonds on Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. Just brilliant. Or when they morph into Slade. I'm off to Youtube.
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    You forgot you were dealing with Lister!

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    Saw them both live 2019 in Birmingham. Laughed my socks off . Train guy on Bob's Instagram is genius and his turns on Would I lie to you. Might have to get this and the Vic reeves one.

    Been a fan since Big Night Out back in the 90's.
    Edited by: "Lord.vader" 26th Aug 2021
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    The absurdist surreal humour isn't everyone's cup of tea but they were brilliant for me , just have to be on their wavelength . Mitchell and Webb I loved and Armstrong and miller was fantastic too . Hale and pace one of the best .
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    Pre-ordered the Audio book with Bob narrating it himself on a free trial from Audible
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    Heat added, I managed to pre-order a signed copy but heat all the same.

    I’m off out now for a good old stare down the precinct before going to slaughters for their Thursday meat worshipping event with guest chef Ron Craggs
    Edited by: "faipdeooiad" 26th Aug 2021
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    Love Bob, one of the naturally funny and decent down to earth people on TV.. Will buy this.. along with some fugi 9.
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    8% quido. You can also get 10% off your overall shop when you subscribe (email code received ) but you have to spend £10 after the 10% discount to get free delivery
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    His Peter Beardsley letters on Athletico Mince are absolute works of art. The guy is a genius.
    Edited by: "DJN2020" 27th Aug 2021
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    Joe90_guy26/08/2021 07:16

    I never understood how this guy was ever considered funny. I watched the …I never understood how this guy was ever considered funny. I watched the fishing thing he did with Paul Whitehouse, who I've always liked. It just reinforced what I've always thought.


    They weren't trying to be funny in that though. He even said it was quite strange for him and took some adjustment to do something where he wasn't trying to be funny, just chatting with his mate about whatever came to mind.
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    Lord.vader26/08/2021 08:20

    Saw them both live 2019 in Birmingham. Laughed my socks off . Train guy on …Saw them both live 2019 in Birmingham. Laughed my socks off . Train guy on Bob's Instagram is genius and his turns on Would I lie to you. Might have to get this and the Vic reeves one.Been a fan since Big Night Out back in the 90's.


    There is a weird generation of us that will still chortle to "What's on the end of the stick, Vic?"
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    ThingyGuy25/08/2021 22:21

    One of the very few autobiographies I’d buy. Bob’s given me years of ent …One of the very few autobiographies I’d buy. Bob’s given me years of entertainment tho so would love to support himAny Athletico Mince fans here? Great podcast with Bob and Andy Dawson


    I'm actually listening to Athletico Mince as I type this.

    Bob is HILARIOUS... I'd gladly pay handsomely to have every episode redone with Andy Dawson edited out though.

    He's truely awful.
    He's the Jar-Jar Bink's of Athletico mince.
    Edited by: "FREEZIN_WOLF" 26th Aug 2021
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    FREEZIN_WOLF26/08/2021 15:17

    I'm actually listening to Athletico Mince as I type this.Bob is …I'm actually listening to Athletico Mince as I type this.Bob is HILARIOUS... I'd gladly pay handsomely to have every episode redone with Andy Dawson edited out though.He's truely awful.He's the Jar-Jar Bink's of Athletico mince.


    Ya reckon? I don’t like his weird music tracks but I actually like him personally, but yeah he’s not on the same level as Bob.

    Then again maybe I just like how they work when together. Slaughters restaurant absolutely kills me every time
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    pagehamillton26/08/2021 08:23

    The absurdist surreal humour isn't everyone's cup of tea but they were …The absurdist surreal humour isn't everyone's cup of tea but they were brilliant for me , just have to be on their wavelength . Mitchell and Webb I loved and Armstrong and miller was fantastic too . Hale and pace one of the best .


    Hale and Pace????????
    How have you added them to that list??
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    ThingyGuy26/08/2021 15:45

    Ya reckon? I don’t like his weird music tracks but I actually like him p …Ya reckon? I don’t like his weird music tracks but I actually like him personally, but yeah he’s not on the same level as Bob. Then again maybe I just like how they work when together. Slaughters restaurant absolutely kills me every time


    He just so bad.
    Tries too hard and fails badly.
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    DrDoolittle26/08/2021 15:47

    Hale and Pace????????How have you added them to that list??


    Pioneers my friend . It may seem simple but slot of the sketches were ahead of their time . Smith and Jones too , and the all female duo Watson and Oliver
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    Funny little man, Athletico Mince is mint.
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    I'll be getting my copy from Infinity Rocket Plastics!
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    Greg_Barker26/08/2021 17:04

    I'll be getting my copy from Infinity Rocket Plastics!


    ive intercepted a copy in WAV form already
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    peakbear26/08/2021 14:27

    There is a weird generation of us that will still chortle to "What's on …There is a weird generation of us that will still chortle to "What's on the end of the stick, Vic?"


    There are many....Vic,Vic I've fallen...you can't give a baby booze...plums are smart...

    It wasn't all great but it was different
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