Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton

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With typical humorous aplomb, the deadpan comedian, writer and improvisation ace takes us back to his working-class Fulham childhood through to his first steps in stand-up comedy and wider career and TV stardom.

This autobiography is peppered with hilarious and revealing anecdotes about Paul ‘Martin’s’ early days and comic influences.

What we see is the comedy inside Paul Merton’s head, but the chapters are a little lacking in emotion. He doesn’t delve into his close personal relationships including his eight-year marriage to Caroline Quentin.