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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718156064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718156060
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (612 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. On purpose.

As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of the
UK's most long running, cherished and celebrated shows, including
French and Saunders, The Comic Strip Presents ..., Murder Most Horrid,
The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, and more
recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.


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Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page (The Times)

Hilarious. Chortle-out-loud turns of phrase, razor-sharp observations (Stylist)

Fresh, extremely funny (Sunday Times)

Really enjoyable and highly recommended. Dawn French is a wonderful writer - witty, wise and poignant (Daily Mail)

A hilarious and compelling read (Good Housekeeping) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. On purpose. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of this country's most long running, cherished and celebrated shows, including French and Saunders, The Comic Strip Presents. . ., Murder Most Horrid, The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, and more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.

Her bestselling memoir, Dear Fatty, was published to critical acclaim in 2008. Her first novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, was also a great success, going straight to No.1.

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Oct. 2012
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This second novel by Dawn French is easy to read but in the early parts difficult to interweave the various contributions of the narrators into a cohesive piece of work. Persevere, it is worth it. Silvia Shute has fallen three floors from a balcony. She is in intensive care in a coma on life-support including mechanical ventilation. She is the younger sister of the eccentric Jo. They lost their mother at a young age and their army-trained father went off the rails. Sylvia divorced dependable Ed after showing little love for him or their two children, Jamie and Cassie who after leaving home had no love or respect for their mother.

This background is the canvas on which the author paints the past and mysteries of Silvia through a series of monologues delivered by family and friends. She is inert and unresponsive 'like a marble sarcophagus'. The content of the monologues alternate between love and hatred, sibling rivalry and jealousy with Ed in particular, 'dead inside'. The prose jumps from straight dialogue to charming descriptions particularly of the woods where Silvia and Ed spent much of their courtship. The dismal outlook and depressing medical predicament of this tragedy are broken by episodes of humour. The Indonesian Tia (Silvia's cleaner) spends her moments relating the contents of current gossip magazines in an amusing format. Jo refuses to give up hope and reality of waking her 'frozen sister' with a series of bizarre, funny and hilarious attempts to stimulate some response.

The novel is held together by Silvia's Jamaican nurse, Winnie. She treats Silvia with the repect she gives all her patients and is the only one with no axe to grind, no anger, hate or questions but only wishes good things for Silvia. She is a totally professional caring person.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frances Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2012
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I came to this novel with mixed feelings, as novels by celebrities are so often disappointing. But I had heard good things of this one, so I thought I would give it a try.

And I'm so glad I did, for Dawn French writes beautifully. This is the story of the eponymous Silvia, who is lying in hospital in a coma after a fall from a balcony. Into her hospital room comes a series of visitors, and as they visit they reflect on Silvia, their separate relationship with her, and their own stories. Much of this is done in the form of speaking aloud to the apparently lifelss Silvia, and all to the background of the regular hiss of her ventilator. Among the visitors is her ex-husband, Ed, her mad sister Jo (who is determined to rouse Silvia by whatever means she can; supernatural if need be), her cleaner Tia, her estranged daughter Jess, her best friend Cat, and the lovely West Indian nurse Winnie (my favourite character). As they talk we build up a picture of Silvia and her life, the affect she has had on others, and the dark secret that comes to light in the course of the book. The characters are drawn with great warmth (this is one of the book's greatest strengths), and it would be hard not to sympathise with any of them.

My only slight problems would be the fact that two of the characters - Tia and Winnie - speak with strong accents, and this can be distracting. Winnie's West Indian is beautifully done, but the addition of Tia's broken English was, I felt, going a step too far. Parts of the novel, too, are a little over-long (especially the lengthy letter from her soldier son in Afghanistan). But these are small niggles.

This novel has come out at just the right time, and will I'm sure make a lovely Christmas present for anyone wanting a light, funny, entertaining read. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Little Bookworm VINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2012
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I am always dubious about celebrity books but I heard Dawn talking about this on Loose Women and thought it sounded intriguing. I must admit, when I received it I wasn't at all sure about the synopsis. It sounded really morbid and depressing.

The story is about Silvia, who is in a coma. We don't know why and we only learn about her through the people that visit her in hospital - her daughter, her lover, her ex husband, her sister, her cleaner, the nurses. We also hear from her son, through letters as he is in Afghanistan.

Now, what I thought of Silvia at the start had completely changed by the end. She has made some decisions which initially are difficult to understand but I grew to really feel for her and realise she wasn't the person people thought she was.

I wasn't sure about most of the book being set in a hospital room but it really works. Never once did I feel bored by it. Despite it's subject matter, the book is easy to read and really drew me in. I loved all the different characters. The book is also extremely funny and not morbid in the slightest.

It lost a star as Winnie, the nurse, is Jamaican and I found her chapters really frustrating to read due to her accent. I also really struggled to understand the relationship that developed between her and Ed. It just didn't feel right with the rest of the story.

I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more by Dawn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tessa on 18 Nov. 2012
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chosen after tv promotions by Dawn left me more than interested,I knew what the overriding scenario would be and ejoyed the fresh style of introducing the characters. Silvia was just incidental and I enjoyed the speed that the characters revealed themselves in such a unique setting. I did wonder how a whole book could continue thus.
As the days past by ......my opinion of Silvia changed from one of total dislike to a frustrated feeling of empathy towards her. The frustration arose because the reader was slowly learning the whole truth but it would be impossible for the characters in the book to learn it.
It demonstrated the cliche "blood is thicker than water".
in the end the reader was left in no doubt that Cat would surely be receiving her "due justice" but I totally became aware of the perfectly assigned book title.

A beautiful read and I shall await patiently Dawn French's second novel. She has a unique style and insight.
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