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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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  • Martin
    bunclodyIreland
    8/29/09
    Overall
    "Kept falling asleep!"

    Sorry Dawn, I love you as a comedian but this book bored me to death. There wasnt 1 laugh in it and if I hear 'tip top' one more time I will scream.
    I just expected more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    IpswichUnited Kingdom
    8/3/09
    Overall
    "Fab Fatty"

    This book was brilliant, the first book I've listened to in 1 go. This was a real insight into the wonderful Dawn French (somewhat revealing!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vic
    7/9/09
    Overall
    "Brilliant entertainment"

    Dear Fatty is a wonderful book skilfully read by Lisa Tarbuck. Well worth a listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Slowest Bookworm
    Stockport, UK
    5/22/09
    Overall
    "Dear Fatty"

    A book to make you giggle, LOL and cry. It does go on a bit in some places, but an excellent listen. My only negative thoughts on this book were that I wished Dawn had narrated it herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    Morden, Surrey, United Kingdom
    5/4/09
    Overall
    "Funny and poignant"

    Loved this. Was disappointed Dawn French didnt read it herself but she does do an introduction which explainms why and Liza Tarbuck does a fantastic job.
    This is a lovely chronicle of Dawn's life written in a series of letters to various friends, family and colleagues.
    Very funny in places, quite sad in others but generally surprising throughout - would recommend it. Good to dip in and out of on a commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paulene
    GRANGEMOUTHUnited Kingdom
    4/3/09
    Overall
    "worth a listen"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. It was a candid look at Dawn French's life through the eyes of Dawn French. Liza Tarbuck does a wonderful job of narrating Dawn's story. Some funny bits and some sad bits, just like life I suppose.
    definately worth purchasing though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie
    Daventry, NTH, United Kingdom
    2/21/09
    Overall
    "A Surprisingly moving book!"

    I love Dawn French and expected to be aching with laughter after reading this book. But, although parts are very funny, I was surprised to find that it was very moving and honest.
    I expected her to read it herself, but, on hearing it, completely understood the reason she declined, and, asked Liza Tarbuck to take her place.And a wonderful job she does!
    I applaud Dawn for feeling able to discuss very personal matters and share them with us.The essence of the book will stay with me for a long time. I recommend it to everybody who cares about their friends and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anabella
    Worksop, Notts, United Kingdom
    2/20/09
    Overall
    "Well Read But Quite Dull"

    Liza tarbuck does a brilliant job of reading this book - in fact I dread to think how dull this book would be if someone else had read it. The book has an unusual style in that it is written as letters to various people in Dawn French's life - this probably works very well in the written form but I quickly became irritated by hearing 'Dear...' again and again.

    I'll admitt to skipping chunks of this book (something I rarely do) because I was bored but this made things harder as the book is not chronological so I missed out on some stories. This is not a bad book but it is quite tedious in places and I'm at a loss to find the parts that have other listeners laughing out loud.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • grace cassar
    2/18/09
    Overall
    "good listen"

    I always liked dawn french as a person and now that i listened to her book i can relate even more to her. Lovely how she talks about her dad, I lost mine ten years ago and feel just the same like her. She is so human, down to earth person. I really liked the book and the way she talks about her husband and child. Private without leaving the listener wondering. Good luck dawn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bob
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    1/8/09
    Overall
    "Disapointed"

    The opening paragraph contains a confession that Dawn has never written or read a book; I nearly fell over. Then I listened some more, and yes, I can believe Dawn has never read a book. Clearly honest and heartfelt writing, but, if ever a writer needed an ghost she is is one. You will have to be a staunch French fan to sit through this without drifting off, or wondering why you are listening to the diary of a 14 year old.

    Dawn I really think you are great, but this book is a dud; get a new editor and agent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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