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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"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.
"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.
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.
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.
Maybe I should have read the reviews and comments.. or even the cover notes more thoroughly on this before I purchased. Maybe it was 'as advertised' but it wasn't what I expected.I find Dawn French to be a very funny woman and I expected this to come through in her book, unfortunately it didn't. It was rather serious in parts and there was far too much about Lenny and what a wonderful husband he is. Very disappointing read for those who have preconceptions or expectations about the content. I assume that for those who might be better informed, it's a good read.
"Laugh Out Loud"
I am still only in the first chapter but would recommend this audiobook very much. Liza Tarbuck does a fantastic job of reading this, many audiobooks have narators with annoying voices or who for some reason don't captivate the listner but not this one. It is so funny that I had to switch over to my music when listening to it on the bus as I was laughing so much that I started to get some funny looks.
"Lisa Tarbuck's done you proud!"
I started listening to this book a couple of days agoa and I'm hooked. Even although it's not Dawn French reading it, Lisa obviously knows her very well and has a similar sense of humour and I sometimes forget that it's not Dawn's voice I'm listening to. I'd recommend this to everyone - a breath of fresh air and a very honest-sounding account of Dawn's life's experiences. Thank you Dawn!
I really enjoyed this. No violence (but some sexy bits) and it just made me laugh. A relaxing and entertaining read.
"Disappointed as DF does not narrate"
Slightly interesting format but would not read/listen or recommend. Okay listening for round the pool on holiday but not gripping or has you desperate to hear/read more as some books do. I listened on my iphone and although I could not rewind within chapters, I was not fussed if I missed a bit.
this turned out to be a kind of tribute to the ex husband if i wanted to read about lenny Henry I would have bought a book about him Sorry really like Dawn french but the book was lousy
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