Don't Laugh, It'll Only Encourage Her: The No 1 Sunday Times Bestseller

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Don't Laugh, It'll Only Encourage Her: The No 1 Sunday Times Bestseller

Don't Laugh, It'll Only Encourage Her: The No 1 Sunday Times Bestseller

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is* funny, don't misunderstand me; it's bawdy, hilarious, wince-inducing, rude, self-deprecating, vulgar, and brutally honest, but there are also moments of real darkness. The stories about applying for drama courses, and eventually RADA, dreadful auditions, semi-abusive relationships, none of it felt humorous. However, the hardback printed book shows lots of previously unseen photographs, plus copies of old school text books and random drawings. She recently starred in Armando Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield, and has featured on TV shows including Avenue 5, Doc Martin and The Wrong Mans. Together with my brother Charlie, I staggered my way through adolescence from one drama to the next until finally, after years of trying, we had This Country commissioned by the BBC.

Mum, I spent all my student loan accidently on a penthouse suite in a fancy hotel in Marble Arch, now I face getting kicked out of drama school. Even when things really do go their way and This Country finally gets commissioned to be made, it’s almost a cursory mention at the end and that’s it. Wrote in a way that’s funny but also very truthful about the struggles Daisy faced breaking into the industry.All in all a great read, wish there was more about Charlie Daisy's brother - maybe he will come out with a book? Don't Laugh, It'll Only Encourage Her is the endearingly honest and hilarious memoir from the creator and star of award-winning BBC comedy This Country. I grew up battling rural poverty which was a struggle enough but my family were completely insane to boot. And just how much of a humiliating, ridiculous, screw-up of a s**t-storm life did I need to lead before I could finally realise my dream? please don't start reading this book expecting it to be a laugh a minute, because you'll be bitterly disappointed.

Thanks lifting the lid on life as a wannabe actress and sharing your heartbreaking stories of all you had to endure whilst trying to 'make it' in showbiz. She tells every story with equal humor and enthusiasm, in the unique style that we have come to know and love about her. I've always had an over-active imagination and felt the urge to be a massive f**king show-off so acting seemed like the obvious choice of career. There’s probably another book in the pipeline because there’s no mention of The Wrong Mans or David Copperfield which she acted in before This Country. I expect hearing the author telling the stories would be very different, but reading them on a page left me desperately sorry that she and her family had been through so much.One of the most hilarious books I’ve read - so many anecdotes I was nearly crying with laughter on the train. My personal highlights were the coke can incident, the one liner about Daisy's old pet hamster and his whiplash, and the whole chapter on Thaddeus Toogood - comedy gold. Her strength, courage and determination to succeed shines through this, under the protection of her signature hysterical, and eye watering humor.

Life is pretty challenging right now, but for the few days its taken me to read Don't Laugh It'll Only Encourage Her, I've found a brief respite from the day to day issues and have been able to chuckle, snort, giggle and fully on belly laugh my way through the whole book! Having no empathy or any sort of kindness, or understanding (even in retrospect) for the boy whom she met through a chat room, who had not told her about his disability, and then whom she did not speak to for the entire weekend he stayed (parents really, he slept in her room? Having read Bob Mortimers book recently that has a lot of similar stories but told with much more heart this book just didn't gel for me. I know it's supposed to make me laugh, but I just felt so very sad for Daisy May and her family - growing up in chaos, dealing with loss and severe financial worries.Some of the situations she got herself into when she was younger and the way she recounts it are a pick me up tonic full of laughter you never knew you needed!

I can’t wait to see what Daisy does next, but in the meantime I’ll carry on rewatching This Country and scrolling through her Instagram feed.

There are so many mad crazy experiences in the book that I did, on occasion, question whether not they could all really be true. It made me laugh out loud and at times it was heart breaking to read about the financial situation the family was in and the poverty they endured.

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