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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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  • 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
  • Sharon
    Birmingham, west midlands, United Kingdom
    1/5/09
    Overall
    "Disappointing read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    LincolnUnited Kingdom
    1/1/09
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • May
    Irvine, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
    12/30/08
    Overall
    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penny
    Gajoubert, France
    11/20/08
    Overall
    "Excellent listening"

    I really enjoyed this. No violence (but some sexy bits) and it just made me laugh. A relaxing and entertaining read.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    9/7/10
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Kings Lynn, Norfolk, United Kingdom
    5/11/09
    Overall
    "dissapointing"

    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Knaresborough, Nth Yorks, United Kingdom
    2/23/09
    Overall
    "Boring far too often"

    Still haven't got through this turgid volume. Excellent reading by Lisa Tarbuck but I'm finding it a chore to listen to all too often because it's just not interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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