Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography

by Paul Merton

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LoveReading Expert Review of Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography

The ups and the downs of Paul Merton’s life so far, twenty five years in the public eye, he has a tremendous story to tell and his wit and humour shine through. I haven’t been allowed to see the book in advance sadly but not hard to predict this will be one of the lead biographies this Christmas.


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Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography Synopsis

Known for his intelligent and often surreal humour, Paul Merton's weekly appearances on BBC1's Have I Got News For You - as well as Radio 4's Just A Minute and his travel documentaries - have seen him become an artfully rebellious fixture in our lives for over 25 years. He also has a real story to tell. In ONLY WHEN I LAUGH, his rich and beautifully-observed autobiography, Paul takes us on an evocative journey from his working-class Fulham childhood to the present day. Whether writing about school days, his run-ins with the nuns and other pupils; his disastrous first confession; his meatpacking job; taking acid; leaving home to live in bedsit; his early brushes with the opposite sex - and not forgetting his repeated attempts to break into the world of comedy - Paul's writing is always funny, poignant and revealing. And when his star finally ascends in the atmospherically drawn 1980s alternative cabaret scene there is a sense of excitement, energy, camaraderie, momentum and dramatic impending success... ...And then CRASH! In an unflinching and brilliantly written section that defines the book, we experience the disorienting and terrifying sustained manic episode that he suffered which landed him in a psychiatric hospital. These, and other tougher moments, are written about candidly and with sensitivity and honesty. Yet throughout ONLY WHEN I LAUGH, Paul Merton succeeds in telling his life story entertainingly, with warmth, humour and a big bucket load of wit. Ultimately uplifting, it is the story of a fascinating life, brilliantly told - and one of the best memoirs of the year.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780091949341
Publication date: 7th May 2015
Author: Paul Merton
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Primary Genre Biographies & Autobiographies
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Paul Merton Press Reviews

The book is fascinating Ray Darcy RTE Radio Compelling Chortle thoughtful, understated memoir. -- Joe Moran The Guardian The book is witty and enjoyable -- Robert Elms BBC Radio London a rollicking good read -- Bruce Dessau Evening Standard

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About Paul Merton

Paul Merton was born in 1957, long before such things were fashionable. He spent his first eight years living within cheering distance of Fulham Football ground at Craven Cottage although he can't remember any cheering. Upon leaving school with two ropey A Levels and a CSE Grade 5 Maths, Paul enlisted in the Civil Service where he survived for two and a half years. He made his stand-up debut at London's Comedy Store in 1982 where his policeman on acid routine regularly stopped the show. In 1985 he joined the Comedy Store Players, an improvised comedy group which led, in 1988, to him appearing on ...

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