Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery.
Bonkers is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn. There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination. As she admits, "There has never been a Plan. Everything has been fairly random, happened by accident or just fallen into place. I'm off now, to do some sweeping..." Prepare to chuckle, whoop, and go bonkers.
©2013 Jennifer Saunders (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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"Does she talk whilst breathing in?"
Deary me. Narrated at a speed of knots!. Plus she has an irritating habit of making a statement sound like a question, which I find aggravating.
Sorry to be negative, I ordered this because If I wake in the night I need something droning on to send me to sleep, so 10 out of 10 it works.
I was very sorry about her cancer experience, and I think she handled that part extremely well.
Bonkers is the title.... was it? Nah, a tad infantile maybe, it didn't even raise a smile from me, she just came over as very self satisfied. Probably she has reason to as she is very famous and maybe it's because I don't like Absolutely fabulous, or find it remotely funny it failed. However it is interesting to hear about other peoples lives... I suppose
"The opposite of bonkers: a clever, inspiring lady!"
I've listened to this book twice. Jennifer Saunders' narration is so engaging that I want to revisit all the best and most interesting moments of her life again. She references lots of TV shows and other comics so it's inspired me to get Rik Mayall and Dawn French's books too. Brilliant stuff!
I'm a fan of autobiographies of British and American comedians. I recently read Tina Fey's Bossypants and Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter. Bonkers was just as enjoyable but, for me, even more so because I love Jennifer Saunders' unique sense of humour, pragmatism and honesty.
There's the period of her life where she's a poor student, living in a crumbling old house in London. She convinces Dawn French to form a comedy duo with her and the story of their clueless entry to the stand-up scene, ensuing learning curve and eventual fame is just wonderful.I especially like the bit where she excitedly lends comedian Robin Williams her t-shirt.
"Most enjoyable autobiography"
I have never listened to an autobiography that I couldn't well, not stop listen to. This one was interesting, funny, emotional.... More than once I also thought that I felt sorry for all my friends that still only read books because they will miss out on Jennifers brilliant narration.
Jennifer Saunders has always been around. I've loved her in the Comic Strip and in French and Saunders and of course in Ab Fab. Her account of her live made me more than once chuckle, but I also loved realising that she used to live literally around the corner from me over Luigi's delicatessen - a place a walk past every day and now look at with different eyes. And she used to live in Glebe Place. I work just down the road from there.
But the thing I really associated with was when she recounted her experiences with depression which strangely happened after coming through breast cancer. The optimism that shines through all of her life including the episode with cancer and the contrast to the period of the depression in which she describes herself as "evil" Jennifer were very raw and made a big impact on me personally.
I could happily be listening to Jennifer Saunders' life for hour after hour. Her warmth and humour come through with every sentence of her autobiography. What a wonderful life she is living.
"Great time spent with Ms.Saunders"
She doesn't take herself too seriously - nice lilting way of getting through the key beats of her life. Recommend it.
Now to listen to the book of her partner in crime - Dawn French
A comedy hero! What an absolute legend! Very funny and brilliantly told! a great insight into a lovely human being. A highly enjoyable listen. Thank you
"Laugh out loud listening!"
I really enjoyed this audiobook.
Obvs, the performance was perfect!
Lots of funny and insightful parts. Like a friend telling you a story.
"Boring ! ! !"
If she had not bothered to write this book, and stayed with what she does best, comedy acing..
I was looking forward to this book,but sadly the whole thing was just too boring. Sorry Jennifer.
Nobody could have made this better.
I would refuse to publish it !.
Sorry Jennifer, I really like you doing what you do best Please if you ever want to write another auto biography, get a good ghost writer to help you with it.
I have watched Jennifer Saunders since my teens and loved that I could listen to her narrated the audio book. There was so much expression, warmth and humour that I laughed regularly and smile lots in between.
You do get an idea of how private she is as things personal to her life and family are glossed over, but why not? You write the book you want to and I respect her right to leave what she wants unsaid.
Buy this book - it will make you laugh.
I hope she writes more, I'd be sad if this is a one-off.
Oh how I loved this book. Full of laughs and lots of stuff from the old days. Good pace of reading.
I loved the whole book. Incredibly funny and Jennifer Saunders reading it herself really gives it the edge. Will listen to it again soon.
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