Thinking about ItTitle: Thinking About It Will Only Make It Worse – And Other Lessons From Modern Life

Author: David Mitchell

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Faber and Faber

The Blurb

From the much-loved comedian, star of Peep Show, Mitchell and Webb and Ambassadors comes a collection of his funniest and most brilliant writing.

What’s wrong with calling a burglar brave? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it ok? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? Why is every film and TV programme a sequel or a remake? Why are we so reliant on perpetual diversion that someone has created chocolate toothpaste? Is there anything to be done about the Internet?

These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell as he delights us with a tour of the absurdities of modern life – from Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, nuclear weapons to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense. Thinking About It Will Only Make It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious nation.

David Mitchell is a comedian, actor, writer and the polysyllabic member of Mitchell and Webb. He won a BAFTA for Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look, and has also starred in Jam and Jerusalem, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff and Ambassadors. He writes for the Observer, chairs The Unbelievable Truth, is Team Captain on Would I Lie to You? and has been in two films, neither of which made a profit.

The Review

I love David Mitchell. I think he is witty, clever and sometimes acerbic but most of all I like his silliness. How he takes the ridiculous and makes it even more so. David Mitchell definitely produces the kind of comedy that I enjoy. Therefore I was really happy when I had the opportunity to read his collection of articles in the book Thinking About It Will Only Make It Worse: And Other Lessons From Modern Life. I don’t buy newspapers (because I spend all my time reading books) so to have a compendium (yes, I went there) of his writing titillated me greatly.

What is fantastic about this collection is that it is dip-in-able. You don’t have to sit there for hours on end reading masses of articles. If you have a short commute then one or two articles should be enough. It is that sort of text, really.

I will warn you though, you will not be able to read the articles without hearing them in Mitchell’s nasal drawl.

Thinking About It Will Only Make It Worse: And Other Lessons From Modern Life by David Mitchell is available now.

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