Don’t Laugh, It’ll Only Encourage Her

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This audiobook is narrated by Daisy May Cooper and includes an exclusive, bonus interview with Daisy and her Dad, Paul Cooper.

The funniest memoir of 2021, written by the most relatable woman in the world – Daisy May Cooper, creator and star of BBC’s award-winning comedy This Country.

Life hasn’t always been straightforward for Daisy May Cooper: growing up in rural poverty in Gloucestershire with her brother Chaz, she had to work a myriad of low-paid and unrewarding jobs just to make ends meet. 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.

When things were really bad, Mum would always say to me:

‘Don’t worry, it will be a good read for your memoir one day.’

‘Mum, I auditioned to be a stripper by snogging a pole and was laughed off the stage by a bunch of topless dancers.’

‘Well that can go in the memoir.’

‘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.’

‘That’s a good one for the memoir.’

‘Mum, sorry I’m late for dinner, I had to work late at my cleaning job because someone balanced a Quaver packet full of piss on the radiator in the boy’s toilets, and I didn’t realise until I picked it up, so I had to wash the piss off me in the sink while trying to learn my lines for that Call the Midwife audition I have in London tomorrow.’


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.

‘Thank goodness for gloriously silly Daisy May Cooper. Joyful, irreverent and totally uplifting’
The Times

‘The lockdown comedy queen’ Guardian

© Daisy May Cooper 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Brilliant. A joy and a delight – I laughed out loud! An absolute cracker

    Zoe Ball
  • Hilarious, brutally honest and very entertaining. Bloody brilliant, like the woman herself

  • Cooper is casual and caustic as she looks at the bright side and the darker underbelly of showbiz

    The Times
  • This book proves it’s absurd for anybody to think they know more about being funny than Daisy May Cooper. A riot from start to finish

    Daily Mirror
  • Hilarious. A riot from start to finish

    Daily Express
  • Perfect for anyone who loved This Country or wants to learn about how Cooper got her break in comedy

    Funny Women

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