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 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.
"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.
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.
"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.
loved it! everything I expected a bit more besides! had me laughing out loud! even spat my cup of tea out at one point!
I like Dawns honesty and open ness , it makes you see the true her , I have listened twice now
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.
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