Charming, joyous and entertaining, just like Hugh.
A beautifully poised memoir, both insightful and - occasionally - laugh-out-loud funny, with the gift for comic timing he reveals on screen and a sharp eye for detail... warmly engrossing
A great read
Witty and moving
An enormously entertaining memoir
Bonneville tells of his life with appealing modesty... he gives us plenty of backstage gossip
By turns funny, touching, revealing - full of insights, delights and surprises. I couldn't have enjoyed it more
Though a funny raconteur, Bonneville also writes poignantly about his father's dementia and of his mother, whose life in the secret service only emerged after her death
Comedy gold... I don't remember when I last read a book that gave me so many laughs... A riveting account of what it takes to be an actor
Really enjoyed this. Wonderfully funny and utterly charming - just like the man himself!
A collection of stories painting a brilliantly vivid picture of a career on stage and screen
A writer of considerable urbanity and wit. Gary Oldman says it is 'beautiful, touching and funny'. I agree.
Bonneville's affable screen presence richly translated onto the page through anecdotes and adventures... there are many howling laughs in this frequently entertaining memoir
Bonneville is entertaining, with a clear-eyed view of his trade... Reliving it all so far with light and shade, bite and bonhomie, as a memoirist Bonneville passes the audition with flying colours
When other books have been forgotten, this one will be remembered. Hugh Bonneville's considerable talent for writing is on display page after page. Beautiful. Touching. And funny.
The Downton star proves himself to be a polished raconteur
Playing Under the Piano made me hoot
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love Hugh even more
Tremendously entertaining... if collapsing into laughter is what you need at the moment, then Playing Under the Piano could be the book for you... a delicious and endearing mode somewhere between utmost sincerity and utter bafflement
A gorgeous book. Warm, friendly, funny and sometimes surprisingly emotional. Very like Hugh himself
The tone of Hugh Bonneville's autobiography is very much like the man himself - warm, charming, funny and thoroughly embraceable... There is a refreshing lack of narcissism in a narrative poised between detached observation and amused self-reflection... An enormously entertaining memoir
Gloriously funny... Between the laugh-out-loud anecdotes are revealing stories of the less glamorous side of an actor's life, as well as poignant family memories