Peter Kay is writing a new autobiography of his life after taking a break from showbiz

PETER Kay is writing a new autobiography about his life after a hiatus from showbiz.

The comedian, 48, revealed a third book was in the works after being inspired while recording the audiobook for his bestselling autobiography The Sound Of Laughter – 15 years after it was published.

He admitted that recording the book made him miss writing and he’s now ready to share more of his life in TV with fans.

The Bolton favourite said: "Within the first few chapters of recording, I was inspired to start to write a third book.

"I had the idea about 10 years ago. All about working in TV. From when I started doing bit parts in Coronation Street right up to Car Share.

"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."

He added: "I'm very proud of it. I'll no doubt be recording that book too before you know it. I just hope people enjoy it as much as this first one."

Peter  has been largely out of the spotlight in recent years but returned to the stage in August for two special charity events to raise money for Laura Nuttall, 20, who has an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.

He cancelled his last tour in December 2017, citing "unforeseen family circumstances".

Peter’s first autobiography still holds the record for the biggest selling British hardback autobiography of all time, selling more than two million copies worldwide.

He recorded the first chapter of the book at the time it was published in 2006 and released it for charity but never got round to recording the rest – until lockdown when he got to work at home. 

Peter released his second book, Saturday Night Peter, in 2009, when it was also a bestseller.

Addressing why he had never written before, he said: "I suppose life gets in the way. Becoming a dad changed my priorities.

"The trick is getting the balance right in your life. I think a lot of people were forced to realise that during the pandemic.

"I think a lot of people's priorities will have changed forever now. Hopefully for the better."

The Sound Of Laughter will be available on Audible from September 16.

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