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A Tiny Bit Marvellous [Kindle Edition]

Dawn French
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Book Description

A Tiny Bit Marvellous is comedian Dawn French's hilarious pageturner.

Everyone hates the perfect family.
So you'll love the Battles.

Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two helpless, hormonal teenagers. There's 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, EVERYTHING and Peter who believes he's quite simply as darling and marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad . . . who's just, well... Dad.

However, Mo is having a crisis. She's about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other?

A Tiny Bit Marvellous is the number one bestselling novel from one of Britain's favourite comic writers.

Praise for A Tiny Bit Marvellous:

'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant' Wendy Holden

'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday

'Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page' The Times

'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life' Woman and Home


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

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

Fresh, extremely funny (Sunday Times)

Has she cracked it with her first novel? Yes. Engaging from the first page (Heat)

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

A hilarious and compelling read (Good Housekeeping)

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. This is without a doubt her first novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457X7O0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (475 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It, I Wanted Something More... 14 Mar. 2012
Format:Paperback
`A Tiny Bit Marvellous' is really a bit of a family drama. The family in question are the Battle family who consist of Dad, Mum (Mo), Dora, Peter and Poo the dog. Through diary entries from Mo (as she heads for 50), Dora (enduring the tricky teenage times that almost 18 brings) and Peter (who likes to be called Oscar as he believes he is Oscar Wilde) we get a snapshot of family life as the Battle family go into quite a tumultuous time. It's hard really to say much about a plot other than things happen, some big some small, which ripple through the family and we see from these three characters.

In fact it's the characters which really are the stars of `A Tiny Bit Marvellous'. Mo being rather frank about the fact she feels like an almost fifty year old frump, along with the fact that whilst being a psychologist she has no idea what is going on in her children's heads. Dora has been freshly dumped and dreams of becoming the next famous sensation on the X Factor rather than having to study or do any work, whilst also having a bit of venom towards her mother who clearly doesn't understand her. My favourite was Peter, or Oscar, and his hilarious dialect as he goes through life believing he is, or has been channelling, Wilde is absolutely hilarious especially when he becomes smitten with someone. I laughed and laughed. All three of these characters live and breath and with the diary entries showing completely conflicting reactions and readings of situations there's much humour, and reality, here too. I also found I wanted more of the secondary characters like Mo's mother Pamela, who was hilarious and who stole scenes here and there, I could have read even more of these people who came and went.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tiny Bit Marvellous 24 Nov. 2010
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Battle Family - Mo the mother, Dora the daughter and Peter - channelling Oscar Wilde so prefers to be called Oscar - and Dad, who's just Dad. The story is told in the first person by Mo, Dora and Oscar in alternate chapters. I found myself rather irritated by Dora especially her teen speak, though I liked Oscar and could identify with some of what Mo was saying as she approached her fiftieth birthday. Is this really all there is to life?

Mo is a child psychologist and she's writing a book about how to deal with the teenagers in your life. She is wondering whether a colleague is romantically interested in her and finds his attentions make her aware of her own self for a change instead of just her roles in life - mother, wife, professional colleague, and daughter. But is she heading for disaster? Will daughter Dora sort out her lack of love life and what about Oscar? Does he have too many things in common with Oscar Wilde? Then there's Dad - always there in the background.

I found this book annoying and laugh out loud funny by turns. The author conjures up an excellent picture of family life with all its annoyances and heart warming moments. Something kept me reading as I wanted to see how everyone would resolve their various crises and I was rewarded by the ending. I thought the various voices were clearly differentiated and I could tell who was speaking even without the chapter headings. It is worth reading in my opinion if you want a funny and heart warming, but no holds barred, portrait of family life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 9 Nov. 2010
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I enjoyed this book a lot. Even though I like Dawn French's work on TV very much, I approached this with some scepticism because you never know whether a book written by a "celebrity" author and launched in a colossal fanfare of publicity is going to be any good. I am pleased to say that this one is.

It's a novel of family life, written from the point of view of three members of the family, each with their own distinctive voice: the rather psychobabbly mother, the angst-ridden 17-year-old-daughter and the pretentious and eccentric 16-year-old son and all three are done very well. They did occasionally sound a little more like characters from a French and Saunders sketch than real people, but I became sufficiently involved in their stories and characters not to mind.

The story is an amusing and quite insightful account of their lives and the relationships between them (and with the almost silent but very much present Dad/Husband). There are plenty of events, and although nothing startlingly original happens it does leave you with a sense of really having got to know these flawed but likeable people and of the importance and solidity of family bonds. It speaks well of the book that I resisited being manipulated by the sentimental ending, but found it very affecting in spite of myself.

I found this a very readable, enjoyable book. Recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 5 Dec. 2010
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This is the story of the Battle family: mother Mo, daughter Dora and son Peter, along with dad and the dog named Poo. It's a pretty dysfunctional family really, with some problems and strange behaviours.

The story is told in fairly short chapters, from the point of view of each of the three main characters, and I thought this was a good device to put across each set of feelings, particularly towards the other characters.

I have to say that when I was reading Mo's segments I just kept hearing Dawn French's voice, even though the character is not really anything like Dawn French. And frankly, Dora is a quite hideous character, and if she was my daughter I would be tempted to disown her. The way she speaks to and about Mo is quite shocking really. I know she's a teenager but even so. Peter was my favourite character. He's otherwise known as Oscar in the book, as he has a real affinity with Oscar Wilde. His sections were amusing and he was a great, quirky character.

I got a bit annoyed with the swearing in the book. Not the level of it, but the words used, as I don't know a single person who uses the majority of the made-up swear words in this book, and again this is where I was hearing Dawn French's particular style.

All in all, I would say this is a reasonable read, and I did enjoy it, but I think the author got away with some poor writing because of who she is. I would still recommend it as a nice, uncomplicated read though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT
Published 3 days ago by ANON
1.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion awful
My husband bought me this book along with another by Dawn French thinking I would enjoy them. I am up to page 53 of this book and haven't laughed once. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really enjoyed it made me laugh and embarrassed too great book would definitely recommend others to read for a laugh
Published 12 days ago by Samantha Thornley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Extremely funny.
Published 22 days ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like Dawn French a very good read and downloaded quick.
Published 1 month ago by Den
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
once again a very good read
Published 2 months ago by stripper
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyment
I particularly liked how the chapters were broken down by each character. Love how Dawn writes, you can hear her as each character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by alirut
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Couldn't put it down, definitely recommend to all..... you'll laugh and cry and makes you realise the true meaning of being happy x
Published 3 months ago by browneyedgirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An enjoyable tale of family life. No big shocks or twists
Published 3 months ago by julie henry
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as marvellous as I wanted it to be....
Bought this after reading Dear Fatty which was very enjoyable, but this being fiction wasn't quite up to scratch. Still funny in places, but not what I would call marvellous. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Sims
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