New Peter Kay autobiography and audiobook

Wednesday 8th September 2021, 5:34pm by Tim Dawson

  • Peter Kay's first autobiography is to be released in audio format for the first time
  • The new audio version of the record-breaking best-seller includes two new chapters
  • Kay has also confirmed he's working on a third volume, telling the story of his television career
Peter Kay.

Peter Kay, star of Car Share and Phoenix Nights, is to release a new version of his first autobiography.

The audio version of The Sound Of Laughter, which was originally published in print in 2006, will feature two new chapters, especially written by the star. Read by Kay, the audiobook, which will last over 8 hours, is scheduled for release by Audible on 16th September and is now available to pre-order.

Peter Kay, who made his first stage appearance in 3 years this August, commented: "I'd never read the book since I wrote it in 2006. It was fascinating, like reading something that somebody else had written."

Explaining that he recorded the audiobook from home, Kay said: "Audible said it was fine, so that made everything much more relaxed. I could record at my own pace and that made the whole experience much more fun as I was able to drift off the subject matter and have a different view about it all these years later."

He added: "Hopefully it'll lift people's spirits. We all need a laugh."

The 2006 book broke records to become the best-selling hardback biography in British history.

The comic also announced that he has begun work on a third autobiographical volume, following 2009's Saturday Night Peter, charting working in television and his rise to fame.

He said of the new idea: "It's been a real joy recalling the memories. There's over 20 years of stories about filming series like Phoenix Nights and Max & Paddy's Road To Nowhere. Appearing on chat shows like Parkinson, at the Queen's Golden Jubilee and sharing letters from Ronnie Barker. We wrote to each other for years as pen-pals until he passed away."

Audible has recently strengthened its commitment to comedy with a range of new releases, including the Mark Evans-penned sitcom Raj!.


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Peter Kay - Third Autobiography

This third volume of Peter's autobiographies will chart the rise to stardom and television work of the top-name comic.

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    Peter Kay - Saturday Night Peter

    Peter Kay - Saturday Night Peter

    Edinburgh, Blackpool, Bolton - the glamour of it all! Picking up from where Peter's bestselling autobiography The Sound Of Laughter left off, Saturday Night Peter charts the journey as his career took as he left the beautiful bosom of Bolton and headed for the highway, to hone his act on the greatest stage of all - the British comedy circuit!

    Every Saturday night, Peter would turn up at a new venue, with a new audience to win over, and a new bunch of odd characters to share the stage with: chainsaw-juggling lizards, suicidal magicians, and some of the worst tribute acts to have ever cleared a club.

    First published: Thursday 8th October 2009

    • Publisher: Century
    • Pages: 272
    • Catalogue: 9781846053634

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    • Released: Thursday 8th July 2010
    • Publisher: Arrow
    • Pages: 368
    • Catalogue: 9780099519836

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    Peter Kay - The Sound Of Laughter

    Peter Kay - The Sound Of Laughter

    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.

    First published: Monday 2nd October 2006

    • Released: Thursday 16th September 2021
    • Distributor: Audible.com
    • Minutes: 497

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    • Publisher: Century
    • Pages: 279
    • Catalogue: 9781846051616

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    • Released: Saturday 7th July 2007
    • Publisher: Arrow
    • Pages: 368
    • Catalogue: 9780099505556

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