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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Reallly disappointed that Dawn French didn't narrate this - I should have noticed when I bought it as it does say - but the whole point of LISTENING to this bio would have been to hear it in Dawn's own inimitable voice
Brilliant and we'll structured with just the right amount of humour vs emotion. Well done Dawn
This was a fabulous listen in fact I have listened over and over. It is an informative and funny account of Dawns life so far and I hope there will be much, much more to come. I loved it so much firstly because I have always enjoyed anything with Dawn French in, I love her humour. Also it acounts some personal notes which are echoed in my own life in particular regarding her daughter Billy.
I give this book 4* only because I didn,t want it to end.
"Moving and Honest"
This is an honest account of celebrity life that sprang from humble beginnings. In an extremely moving account, via the medium of letters, Dawn French demonstrates how a well grounded and loving family life can ready us for all that life can through at us. Although humorous in places this account demonstrates the important role her father played in developing her career, even if she din not know it at the time. This is a must listen for all who recognise Dawn for the talent she truly is.
"Interesting, revealing and, of course, funny"
As someone who has enjoyed most of Dawn French's TV work I was expectant that her book would be as entertaining. I wasn't disappointed. The narration by Liza Tarbuck was very engaging and the memories, written as letters to people she has known at sometime in her life, covered a wide range of experiences. I laughed out loud several times and was slightly sad when the book came to an end. This book comes with my full recommendation.
Wonderfully read by Liza Tarbuck; sensitive and funny in all the right places. Mental health is such a quietly shared issue within families, beautifully shared personal views and experiences. Thank you
"Thanks for sharing."
Never been much of an autobiography reader until I listened to this. Have grown up with Dawn as one of my comedic heroes and always thought of her as invincible with a real don't care what the critics say attitude. This story reveals lots you didn't know about Dawn and provides some background as to why she's one of the funniest women in Britain. Reading this, ignited an enthusiasm to pick up a new genre of reading/listening and I've added loads of biographies to my library.
This is lovely and made me laugh and cry. It's not soppy it's like going to lunch with a friend and hearing about there life.
This was the third Dawn French book that I Iistened to, and I wondered if I might enjoy it less as Dawn was not reading it herself. I need not have worried as the book was wonderful and was not spoilt in the least by Lisa Tarbuck's rendition. Written in the form of letters, the whole thing came together very nicely, and was a great choice for reading or listening, depending on your preference.
"Funny and touching"
This book is what you expect it to be and an awful lot more. It is funny but also underlying is a sadness brought on by events in her past. It is often said comedy is born from tragedy. It is a very good listen and I would recommend it to anyone dawn french fan or not.
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