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

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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. All the same Daisy May Cooper has fucking been THROUGH IT and she’s a walking example of how never giving up on something you really want will eventually pay off !

There's the battle Daisy May and brother Charlie had to get back the rights to their own work from a production company who'd promised so much but delivered so little, and Daisy's own battles with low self-esteem and fear of having ideas "above her station". 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.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. 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. Her strength, courage and determination to succeed shines through this, under the protection of her signature hysterical, and eye watering humor.

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.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. Daisy and Charlie are contracted to do a cleaning job for three hours, but manage to do it in 20 minutes. I’m going to decide to take it all with a pinch of salt, otherwise I’ll end up thinking a lot less of her than I did. This book starts off amazing and until about 3/4 of the way through stays consistently funny (I’m still thinking about that showcase in under the pub) but I can’t help but feel the last few chapters were really rushed! Daisy May manages to convey the brutal reality of living in poverty, feeling hopeless and desperately trying to make it with her dream career without what you’re reading being completely fucking harrowing.

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. Daisy narrates the story really well and does lots of funny voices, and she slightly goes of piste into other little chats that aren't in the book.I have lived the most humiliating, ridiculous, screw-up of a life but Mum was right, you've just got to remember, sometimes the worst experiences make the most entertaining stories. 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?

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! Overall a darker and more tragic read than what I was expecting, but with some good laugh out loud moments. This is a real insight into Daisy's life pre-This Country (which is an absolute banger of a show btw) and how she grew up in poverty.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. It was heart wrenching hearing Daisy discuss her days of living on the poverty line before the break through of “This Country,” and she is a testimony to all those who pushed through the darkest of times, persevered and carried on fighting for their dreams. I then went on to follow Daisy May and Charlie Cooper on Instragam, where Daisy kept us all entertained with her what-can-you-fit-under-your-tits challenge, and all the stories of the adventures with the Sea Captain. My only criticism is that the book ended a bit abruptly; I was so ready to hear about Daisy finally making it and about how the Coopers lives fiiiinally changed for the better but the book just…ended. Well, of course they don’t manage to do it in 20 minutes, they do the absolute bare minimum which is obvious to the staff who have to work in a dirty environment.

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