Life and Laughing – My Story By Michael McIntyre

I haven’t read an autobiography/biography in quite a while. The other day, while browsing through a book store, we came across Michael McIntyre’s book, Life and Laughing- My Story. For those who may not know of him, Michael McIntyre is one of Britain’s best stand-up comedians. He has an amazing sense of humour, and has us laughing out loud at every line that he says. Both husband and I are hooked on his shows on the telly.

So going back to the bookstore, I saw the book, and casually mentioned to husband that it sure would be fun to read his book, given how funny he is. Husband agreed, and we moved on. Then last week, husband gifted me with it 🙂 It was all the more special because husband is the sort who rarely remembers anything of this sort!

To cut a long story short – I loved the book. Every line is a ‘laugh-out-loud’ line! Such a brilliant man, with such a wonderful sense of humour, and such a self depreciating style of expressing himself! He writes about his childhood, his smart sister, his parents, the love if his life – his wife. He writes about his failed efforts trying to attract the opposite sex, all through his teenage years. All those girls must be cursing their lack of foresight now 🙂

His struggles before he finally made it, drives home how difficult it is for someone trying to enter a career like this. There were times when he and his wife were deep in debt and deeply in love. Reading that phase of his life, I just kept hoping that something, someone would work a miracle and he would find success.And it did – it does all work out in the end. Despite his amazing success, he comes across as someone who is down-to-earth, with no signs of success having gone to his head.

I would give it a 5 on 5.  Funny, deeply sentimental when talks about his dad, and his love for his wife. Romantic, oh so romantic at times. I especially loved the part where he wrote of how he courted his future wife. Poignant, and gripping, while being extremely funny. If you like his style of humour, you will love this book!

Leaving you with a clip of his work.

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Where the love gets in By Tara Heavey

A sleepy little harbour town of Clare, has an unexpected visitor, a dolphin. Fisherman Aidan is the first to spot her and christens her Star.

The dolphin’s appearance prompts him to give up his fishing business, and star a Dolphin boat tour instead. But before he could get started, he comes across a beautiful woman with her autistic daughter. She, he later realizes, is a famous actress, Sarah Dillon, recovering from breast cancer, had come to the little village, in the hope that the dolphin helps her daughter’s autism.

Aidan is married to Fiona, the GP, of the little town. Fiona, from Dublin, originally, had moved here when she got married to Aidan. Once a romantic, happy couple, they are now practically strangers, living together and bringing up their children, dreading the moment when they youngest, Tommy gets ready to fly the nest.

Fiona and Sarah, both strong women, would have been the best of friends, in another world, but here, things are very different. Emotions spill, hearts are broken, lives get changed, over the span of one summer. Star, the dolphin,almost feels omnipresent, working her magic, in more ways than one.

It was a very different and powerful book. Each of the characters beautifully etched. The internal struggle within Aidan and the dynamics of the different relationships and the way the village reacts to the goings on, is just beautifully written.In the background is Sarah’s daughter Maia, who was the reason, Sarah came to the little village, in the first place. The fragile quality of life, how things we take for granted could change like we can never imagine, of how love can come when one least expects it… how powerful love can be..It was a beautiful read.

I loved the look, and would recommend it to anyone who likes romantic tales, with a difference. It brings you to tears, makes you wish that everything works out. It has a haunting feel to it. I especially loved the way she ended the story.