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Dear Fatty

By Dawn French

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2010
Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career that has spanned nearly three decades. Loved for her irreverant humour, Dawn has achieved massive mainstream success while continuing to push boundaries and challenge stereotypes. Here she describes the journey that would eventually establish her as a perhaps unlikely, but nevertheless genuine, national treasure. Dawn began her career as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, marking a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls On Top, which teamed Dawn with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman and firmly established women in British comedy. As part of the wildly successful and much loved duo French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repetoire of brilliantly observed characters, parodying popular culture and impersonating everything from Madonna and Harry Potter to The Exorcist. Dawn's more recent role in the Vicar of Dibley showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial and topical issue and make it mainstream - and very funny. From her early years as an RAF child and her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, to her outspoken views on sizism and her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the extraordinary, hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman.


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The number one bestselling autobiography of Britain's best-loved comedienne

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Dawn French was born in Wales in 1957. She trained to be a drama teacher at London's Central School of Speech and Drama where she met Jennifer Saunders. Dawn French has numerous television credits to her name, the most notable of which is her role in The Vicar of Dibley. She is married to the comedian Lenny Henry, with whom she has a daughter.


"something of a revelation. Beacuse in among the the gags and photos of her bare bosom, there is intellectual rigour and real emotional intelligence ... heavens, she's a funny lady. I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so much." * Sunday Telegraph * "a national treasure ... Loyal, self-deprecating and garrulous, French's story makes for entertaining reading ... this is an original book, and will delight her fans and, indeed anyone with a sense of humour" * Mail on Sunday * "well written, warm and funny" * Sunday Times * "she writes so well" * Daily Mail * "no-holds-barred" * List *

EAN: 9780099519478
ISBN: 009951947X
Publisher: Random House UK
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.5 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Customer on
Hilarious, touching, personal. Dawn allows us a glimpse of her life through letters to those near and dear to her in a style uniquely hers. I laughed out loud at some of her exploits, was brought back to my own school days as I read about hers, was uplifted by the relationship she had with her father and was with her as she turned into a blubbering mess at he daughter's sporting event. I was a fan of her work prior to the book and now i'm also a fan of the human being.
Victoria on
I am so glad I persevered! At first it was hard going and Iwas terribly disappointed and nearly gave up on this book... but then suddenly it got so good I couldn't put it down! This book has confirmed to me that the fabulous Ms French is everything I thought she was, funny, witty, honest and oh so human. She has really bared her soul in this book and tackled all the hard times she has faced in her life as well as the great ones. She identifies as a wife, mother, daughter, and has many of the same issues we all do as well as some other rather funny ones. It was so refreshing to read, I would highly recommend this book. As for the reviewer who says to buy a bottle of wine instead of the book I'd have to suggest differently... buy it as well, snuggle up on the couch with the wine AND the book and enjoy!
Andrew on
Really great book. Quite a different way of writing an autobiography and takes a little while to get in to, but its a great insight into a very funny lady.
Ciara on
An excerpt from a Sunday Telegraph review on the front cover reads "Heavens, she's a funny lady. I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so much." All true, of course - but 'Dear Fatty' is a lot more than that. There are indeed plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, as you would expect from one of the greatest comediennes of a generation. But the book doesn't just make you laugh - it makes you feel good. Really good. Dawn French has such an irrepressible sense of joy, and it comes across on every page of this beautifully written memoir. A definite must-buy for any fans of her work, or for anyone just looking for an entertaining, uplifting read.
Customer on
Dont do it. Dont waste your hard earned. This is a painfully dull piece by someone who cant write. I was very disappointed and am now convinced that Jennifer Saunders is the talent in their partnership. lets not forget that French doesn't write the Vicar of Dibley, she just delivers the lines. Way too much time was devoted to her very mundane childhood with lengthy descriptive passages that revealed nothing. It is written in the form of letters to friends and family and is so sickening at times, that I just had to skip pages to get through it. the letters to Madonna are an embarassment. Oh, and did I mention SHE CANT WRITE!
Too jolly hockey sticks for my liking and smells a bit too much like cashing in. She is retiring soon and making hay while the sun sunshines...Forget it. Buy a bottle of wine instead!

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