Kay and O'Grady lead feelgood push

<p>New books from bestselling comedians Peter Kay and Paul O&#39;Grady have been confirmed by Random House as publishers look to fill their lists with upbeat titles. </p><p>Century is not releasing any details on Kay&#39;s follow-up to <em>The Sound of Laughter</em> yet, but confirmed that the book would be out this autumn.</p><p>A publication date for Paul O&#39;Grady&#39;s new volume of autobiography, provisionally titled <em>The Devil Rides Out</em>, has not yet been confirmed. Transworld publishing director Doug Young said: &quot;We won&#39;t schedule it until he has finished writing it.&quot; The deal for the new book was done through O&#39;Grady&#39;s agent Lord Waheed Alli for an undisclosed sum.</p><p>Memoirs from comedians Jack Dee, Ant and Dec and Dara O&#39;Briain are also due out this autumn, with feelgood titles being tipped to feature heavily in upcoming schedules as publishers commission for the recession. Agent Jonny Geller predicted: &quot;Comedies and love stories will be bigger, and books by comedians will be bigger. It&#39;s this [need for upbeat stories] that&#39;s behind the success of &#39;Slumdog Millionaire&#39;.&quot;</p><p>The move coincides with a further dip for the sales of misery memoirs, revealed in the latest Nielsen BookScan figures. By this point in 2008, 13 mis-mems had sold over 10,000 copies through the TCM, but just four have achieved that feat in 2009, and at lower sales volumes.<br />&nbsp;</p>