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Dear Fatty | [Dawn French]

Dear Fatty

With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.
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Publisher's Summary

Dear Fatty is read by Liza Tarbuck at the request of the author. With an introduction from Dawn French.

With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.

Here Dawn French invites us into her most personal relationships with, among others, her mum and dad, her husband, her daughter and her friend Jennifer.

Dawn reveals the people, experiences and obsessions that have influenced her and that helped shape her comedy creations - including dogs, grandmas, teenage angst, school, stealing and David Cassidy. She is as open about her fears and sorrows as she is about her delights and joys, and for the first time shares the experience of losing her beloved dad and later finding a tip-topmost chap in Lenny Henry.

From raging about class and celebrity to describing the highs and lows of motherhood and friendship, Dear Fatty reveals the surprising life behind the smile.

©2008 Dawn French; (P)2008 Random House Audiobooks

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    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-25-12
    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012

    Georgie-Girl76

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    "Laughter and Tears: Two of my Favorite Emotions"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dear Fatty to be better than the print version?

    I have read Dear Fatty and enjoyed both. The advantage of the audible version is being able to continue doing whatever you need to vs. sitting down and reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Fatty?

    Ms. French tells of a time when she was about 14 or 15 and was going to big party. A young boy, Mark, was going to be there and she had purchased a special outfit for the occassion hoping to catch his eye. Her father wanted to talk to her before she left (and she wanted to ask him if she could stay out later). What followed was so beautiful. The things he said to his daughter should be written down and handed to every father to be said to their daughters. What Ms French's dad gave her that night was such a precious gift. He let her know that she was valued and loved beyond measure. What a gift.


    What does Liza Tarbuck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She sounds a bit like Dawn French, so it's not hard to imagine Ms. French reading it herself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh and cry. Sometimes at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth a listen. Especially if you are a fan of French & Saunders, The Vicar of Dilby, and Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renate 07-22-12
    Renate 07-22-12

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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Dawn French and/or Liza Tarbuck?

    No, I didn't find this book very interesting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the content boring


    Have you listened to any of Liza Tarbuck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first one


    Could you see Dear Fatty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sportys 05-10-12
    Sportys 05-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, shame Dawn didn't read it"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the revealing stories and overall nature of this book but was disappointed it wasn't read by Dawn herself. Liza Tarbuck did a great job, but she's not Dawn, in timing or voice, so some of the overall emotion was lost. Shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Very moving, very enjoyable."

    I loved everything about this book, such a lovely lady. I loved her before but now even more, anyone who has enjoyed her entertainment whether it be on TV or stage should read/listen to this book. The use of letters instead of chapters made the book so personal and enjoyable, brilliant!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Limerick, Ireland
    7/25/15
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    "A touching, honest, brilliant insight into a life"

    I bought this book after listening to Jennifer Saunders autobiography and she mentions this book as giving a good description of their early years as a comedy duo. I was a little surprised that the author doesn't read it herself but some of the passages are just too tear inducingly painful to be said aloud by her and I quite understand. Liza Tarbuck does a wonderful narration, capturing the spirit of the book and the character of Dawn French. No easy feat to accomplish and she does it so effortlessly that you are drawn in completely. A big recommendation and thank you to all involved for giving us this superb book to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lauren
    7/6/15
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    "Easy listening"

    Lisa is a great narrator and very dawn like which was great. The story was not what I expected until towards the end (last hour). initially a very personal story that I hadn't expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    7/1/15
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    "a really great read would recommend."

    a great read giving early insight into how French and Saunders came about plus early childhood of Dawn and school days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juli Houlden
    6/6/15
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    "fabulous!!"

    loved it! everything I expected a bit more besides! had me laughing out loud! even spat my cup of tea out at one point!

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  • Mrs. Elizabeth Way
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    6/5/15
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    "Interesting"

    I like Dawns honesty and open ness , it makes you see the true her , I have listened twice now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NAOMI LONDON
    5/13/15
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    "Bit disappointed"

    Really expected a more exciting read , sorry dawn I love you and think your fab in most ways but this didn't have that much substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jordan
    Dumfries
    5/9/15
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    "Excellent audiobook!!"

    Written in a genius way of writing letters to various people in her life! Hilarious in parts touching in others but utterly open and frank throughout. Narration by Liza Tarbuck- inspired choice- made the funny bits funnier with her expressiveness and reined it in a bit when needed- true professional narrator- hope she does more in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. K. Russell
    Grantham, Lincolnshire
    4/9/15
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    "Just wonderful!"

    Makes you laugh, makes you cry and Liza is amazing narrating. I loved this so much that I have bought it for my Mum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/16/15
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    "great"

    I can understand why dawn couldent read this her self made me laughand cry brilliant book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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