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
I love audiobooks!
I loved hearing Dawn talk about her life. I cried at work listening to some parts and also laughed a lot. I forgot that she wasn't narrating often. She chose an interesting way to write this book; through letters to her loved ones. I would recommend this to any fan of Dawn French's.
The very endearing relationship between Dawn and her closest family and friends are so touching at times it reminds you of the true value of relationships
I have never heard Liza before and often had to remind myself that it was Dawn herself reading the book as her voice is so like Dawn's.
The very touching and personal moments between Dawn and her father did make me cry as it reminds me so much of my own relationship with my father - how very special.
I loved the way Dawn wrote letters to her loved ones and friends to give an insight into her life, love, friendships and fellow comedians.
Dawn certainly has a way of making you laugh out loud at her "experiences" throughout her life and feel her sadness in parts.
The narrator did a wonderful job, sounded very similar to Dawn herself, well done.
I would recommend to anyone who has enjoyed watching Dawn's career unfold.
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.
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.
She sounds a bit like Dawn French, so it's not hard to imagine Ms. French reading it herself.
This book made me laugh and cry. Sometimes at the same time.
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.
No, I didn't find this book very interesting.
I found the content boring
No this was the first one
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.
What a brilliant listen. An amazing insight into a different Dawn French anyone would enjoy
"Sadder than i was expecting :("
I enjoyed listening to this, however I wasn't expecting to cry so much. I feel so much closer to Dawn French now
"Wonderful my god wonderful"
What a great listen and Liza T did a great job of narrator you from get after the 1st minute that it's not dawn. The book was a joy and one of the very best I have listened to every. You will not be disappointed in this that is a grantee
so good, heart warming with such a personal journey through the ups and downs of her great life, didn't want it to finish!
"Insightful and honest yet lacking Jennifer Saunders stories"
It was a lovely listen and gave a real in depth look at some of the most private times in Dawns life. However it was very light on Jennifer Saunders stories (which was strange as 'dear fatty' is a reference to her) the book should be titled Dear Dad as a lot of the letters are addressed to her dad. Not much about Vicar of Dibley either, just a passin mention. This aside it was a good listen and brilliantly read by Liza Tarbuck.
"Bloody Fantastic !!"
I always thought that if I ever got to find out about the real Dawn French, that I'd like her. I've been so interested to hear about her life and I've been unable to leave the book too long -without really wanting to finish it. It was easy to listen to and I did laugh out loud many times..She really is as funny and attractive for real it seems. And now I have not the slightest doubt about it.
She comes from a very loving close nit family and as a result is a 1st class all round fabulous person with tonnes of amazing friends and her book, through letters written to each of these important people, helps us to piece together every stage of her life through to the celebrity that we have come to know and love. She talks (narrated by Lisa Tarbuck) with huge love and fondness for her family- she is confident in her own skin and literally glows from the "page" or should I say...earplugs !!!
It is her 1st book and I have enjoyed it so much that I will continue to read or listen to, her new ones.
I do recommend "Dear Fatty" very much- proving that Dawn is not just a pretty face, brilliant actress, comedian, business woman, Mother, Wife, daughter friend etc etc...she is also a marvellous writer now too.
How "bloody fantastic" is she X
narration was great. made me cry and laugh in equal measure! loved it! thanks Dawn
"Amusing letters, but with no real direction."
It was okay. I nearly gave up after the first chapter because it felt as if Dawn was trying too hard to create laughs. It gets better.
I doubt it.
Similar to Dawn's.
I didn't like the letter format. The book had no real direction. On the whole, less pretentious than other autobiographies I have read. I question the honesty of this book because Dawn French overflows with gratitude and love for Lenny Henry at a time when their marraige was, apparently, already on the rocks!?
"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!!!
"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.
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