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.
"Big fan but slightly disappointed.."
I'm a huge Jennifer Saunders fan but this book had me being irritated by her at times. I found myself switching off as she flitted between stories which at times, weren't all that interesting.
Not as many laugh out loud moments as I expected, and she used stories which made her seem selfish which I felt let down by.
I'm still a fan because nothing could make me not enjoy Ab Fab or French and Saunders but I didn't really connect with the book
Complete waste of time not one I would recommend for anyone to spend any time on
Been a huge fan of Jennifer for years. She's a huge influence in my life and I've been meaning to read (listen) to this for ages. I own a physical copy of the book but could never find the time to read it.
Great Job Jennifer 💕
"Fantastic insight to one of favourite comedians"
I loved this audio book on Jennifer Saunders. She me laugh out loud on numerous occasions and also feel a little sad on all she went through through.
She truly is a remarkable person who has led an amazing life.
I recommend this audiobook wholeheartedly to anyone who is a massive fan of Jennifer.
A slightly bonkers autobiography of a very interesting life by a down to earth and lovely sounding lady. Worth a read x
"Reallllly Bonkers !!!!"
What an enjoyable listen ! Just like sitting having a natter with a friend I had been taken in by the sulky, morose, petulant Jennifer (good acting eh?? ) this book is so positive and uplifting Thank you J.S.
"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
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