Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster UK, will publish Bob Mortimer’s wonderful and hilarious long-awaited first memoir And Away… in September 2021, simultaneously in hardback, eBook and an audiobook narrated by the author.


And Away… is Bob Mortimer’s full life story, from his childhood in Middlesbrough to unexpected heart surgery in 2015, and the success he’s found since on BBC2’s Gone Fishing. Mortimer was born in 1959, and trained as a solicitor before a chance encounter in a pub with a young comedian going by the name of Vic Reeves in the 1980s set his life on a different track. In his own inimitable voice, Mortimer shares his story with warmth, humour - and a few lies. 


Publishing Director for Non-fiction Holly Harris acquired world rights from Caroline Chignell at PBJ Management.


Mortimer said: ‘With over 60 years of tomfoolery and shenanigans under my belt I thought it was time to write them all down and let the public make of them what they will.'


Commenting on the acquisition, Publishing Director Holly Harris said: ‘Bob’s book is brilliant, funny and profound, and all of us at S&S are thrilled to be publishing it. He’s a natural writer and we cannot wait for Bob to share And Away… with readers this autumn.’



For further information, please contact:

Harriett Collins | Senior Press Officer
020 7316 1921 |


For press interviews with Bob, please contact:

Bev Comboy –  Lou Plank –

020 8995 3936 


About Simon & Schuster UK

Simon & Schuster UK is one of the leading general book publishing companies in the UK. The group is based in London with sister companies in the United States, Canada, Australia and India. Within the UK division, there are four imprints: Simon & Schuster; Gallery; Scribner and Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, which publish a wide and eclectic mix of authors ranging across commercial fiction, literary fiction, general non-fiction and children’s publications. Home to bestselling authors and award winners, Simon & Schuster UK is a publishing house of quality writing and a proud home to its authors and their exceptional work. It also runs a sales and distribution service for a number of independent and international publishers including Andrews McMeel, Black Library, Boom! Studios, Elliott & Thompson, Gallup Press, Inner Traditions, National Geographic Adult Books, Rebellion and VIZ Media.