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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Jennifer narrates her book using the most descriptive of words. loved it. her recall of events is astonishing. we can all identify with some of her recollections on life and family.
OK - so I haven't watched many episodes of Ab Fab and consider JS as the annoying and less talented half of French and Saunders. This book was tedious and only made me wonder why she is paid for the 'work' she does. Buy if you like JS but don't expect to be converted if you are on the fence or don't find her entertaining.
"Really interesting listen. Brilliantly told."
I would definitely recommend this book. Jennifer's life makes for a really interesting listen and loved hearing about how she got started with Dawn French and then went on to do Ab Fab.
She has had some tough times in her life too and it is great to hear her pragmatic approach to life which is very inspirational.
Jennifer has a great voice to listen to which really pulls you in and is never dull.
This is my favourite audiobook - and I've been listening/reading for some time. Firstly, Jennifer Saunders delivers it perfectly. Its just her. Secondly, the stories are moving, funny and keep you listening. I loved it!
Her performance is perfect. She is an excellent actress, of course, but this is more than performance - you get a picture of the real Jennifer Saunders, hearing everything in her voice, her timing, her pace and tone.
Yes, this book made by laugh and cry.
It says something that I've listened to this book twice, and know I will return to it again and again.
"More than funny"
I rarely buy autobiographies of any kind as they have never live up to their hype or my expectations. They have previously made the celebrity or sports personalities appear become self absorbed, attention seeking and vain as well as boring. However I had grown up with French & Saunders and thought that I would give it ago as I wanted to hear the comedian tell the story of her life and my childhood. Listening to Jennifer joyfully retell her the highlights from her early life to the end of her successful career was a joy and no way a hardship. This would have been lost in print and it is therefore unlikely that I would have bought the printed version.
I have yet to listen to a better autobiography
Fairy Godmother in DreamWorks' animated Shrek 2.
Funnier by half
"Great for a Long Road Trip!"
Fantastic listen that makes you snort out loud at times! We listened to this on a very long road trip in USA and quite frankly it kept us going for mile after mile,of desert! Thankyou Jennifer, I bet you never thought your book would do that!
her recollections of Ab Fab moments and Joanna Lumley impressions
Whats not to like? she is so much herself , you feel there's nothing left out or highly edited just an honest recollection of an amazing life!
I Was moved mostly by her modesty and also her descriptions of friendship and family
BUY THIS AUDIO BOOK!!!
Yes, Jennifer Saunders.
Most of it.
All of it.
I wouldn't, she would. "That happened?"
"Does what it says on the tin (cover)"
The book is fun. Jennifer Saunders manages to stay away from a chronicle style, and instead starts each section with a short statement about where she is and why. Its a bit different and sets the scene well.
Sometimes JS got a bit excited and while entertaining the rants sometimes got a bit "loud"!
I am new to biographies and enjoyed this one - I will certainly be reading more.
Interesting, warm and funny.
Uhm....Jennifer...ofc and because...ehhh..ofc.
Yes, I laughed...got sentimental and curious and laughed some more.
Loved the letters and faxes between Saunders and Lumley.
"Brilliant, Moving, funny and honest"
All of the book was very enjoyable
When Jennifer was talking about her family
No i enjoy listening to books over time, I have 4 children lol
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