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Comic Jenny Eclair 'serious' about writing

4 July 2012 Last updated at 09:40 BST

Comedian Jenny Eclair has insisted she is serious about writing, ahead of the release of her third novel.

Love, Death and Vanilla Slices is the tale of a woman, struggling to raise her sons, who must confront long-buried secrets when she returns to her childhood home in northern England.

She spoke to BBC Breakfast about "emotionally manipulating" her readers.