The Sound of Laughter Paperback – 5 Jul 2007
by Peter Kay (Author)
Peter Kay’s unerring gift for observing the absurdities and eccentricities of family life has earned himself a widespread, everyman appeal. These vivid observations coupled with a kind of nostalgia that never fails to grab his audience’s shared understanding, have earned him comparisons with Alan Bennett and Ronnie Barker.
In his award winning TV series’ he creates worlds populated by degenerate, bitter, useless, endearing and always recognisable characters which have attracted a huge and loyal following.
In many ways he’s an old fashioned kind of comedian and the scope and enormity of his fanbase reflects this. He doesn’t tell jokes about politics or sex, but rather rejoices in the far funnier areas of life: elderly relatives and answering machines, dads dancing badly at weddings, garlic bread and cheesecake, your mum’s HRT…
His autobiography is full of this kind of humour and nostalgia, beginning with Kay’s first ever driving lesson, taking him back through his Bolton childhood, the numerous jobs he held after school and leading up until the time he passed his driving test and found fame.
Peter Kay was born in Bolton in 1973. After leaving school with a GCSE in art, he held a series of jobs including working as a cinema usher, mobile disc jockey, in a factory packing toilet rolls, garage attendant and in a bingo hall.
Since winning the prestigious North West Comedian of the Year in 1996 , Peter has firmly established himself as one of Britain’s best loved comedians. Winning numerous awards for his work, including four British comedy awards and three awards from the Royal Television Society.
Amongst other work, Peter wrote, directed and starred in That Peter Kay Thing, Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, the BAFTA-award winning Phoenix Nights and, most recently, Britain’s Got the Pop Factor… and Geraldine – The Winner’s Story.
His autobiography The Sound of Laughter is the UK’s bestselling hardback autobiography of all time with over 1 million copies sold.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Arrow; 1st edition (5 July 2007)
Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm