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Dawn French
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Book Description

28 Oct 2010

Everyone hates the perfect family.

So you'll love the Battles.

Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent:

She doesn't understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing.

She has become entirely grey. Inside, and out.

Her face has surrendered and is frightening children.

Dora

is about to hit the big 18 . . . and about to hit anyone who annoys

her, especially her precocious younger brother Peter who has a chronic

Oscar Wilde fixation.

Then there's Dad . . . who's just, well, dad.

A

TINY BIT MARVELLOUS is the story of a modern family all living in their

own separate bubbles lurching towards meltdown. It is for anyone who

has ever shared a home with that weird group of strangers we call

relations.

Oh and there's a dog. Called Poo.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st edition (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718156048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718156046
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 15.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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 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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Review

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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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98 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous read! 22 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
As a big fan of Dawn French as a comic actress, my expectations for this book were very high. And I have to say that I haven't been disappointed.

Having been written in a diary format, it could have been tricky to portray the personalities of each of the characters in the prose style itself, but Dawn has done this to much success! It was great to be reading each chapter and have each one be very different to the one before. This really helped to break up the book into manageable sections, rather than the story dragging on for ages without much going on.

As for the story itself, I really enjoyed reading about the interactions between the members of this family from the point of view of everyone, including their opinions on the minutiae of everyday life.

Being easy to read made me want to keep going and discover more about each family member as the chapters went by. It was easy to compare myself and people I know, with the Battles! This book has exceeded my expectations. I knew it was going to be an entertaining read right from the first sentence.

I won a copy of this book (through another website) before publication and this review comes from my review on that website.
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87 of 101 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... 17 Mar 2011
By Kevin O'Keefe TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
[Reviewed by Mrs O']

I wanted to really like this book by Dawn French, as I like her as a comedian very much, but I'm afraid this book leaves a lot to be desired - sorry Dawn! The book is about the Battle family who unsurprisingly live up to their title. The characters are all loudly drawn caricatures and leave no room for imagination by the reader. There is a foul-mouthed sulky angry teenage daughter (Dora), an intelligent eccentric gay son (Peter/Oscar) and Mum (Mo), a child-psychologist who obviously has problems with her own children but can solve other parents' children's issues and has a mid-life crisis to boot. So the stage is set in a predictable way that sadly plays out until the end. The book itself I found to be a bit schizophrenic, not knowing who it was really supposed to appeal to. In my opinion it tries a bit too hard to be 'hip' by its use of shocking language from the outset, which did nothing but annoy me right from the very beginning. Additionally the use of modern day teenage 'isms' pitched it at a younger audience, who I feel were probably not the majority audience for a book by Dawn French. Sadly, this book is a 'miss' from me and I suggest you don't read it on the train if you're concerned about people reading over your shoulder, as the level of swearing and foul-mouthed ranting on the pages could cause early morning commuters to have a funny turn!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 5 Dec 2010
By Nicola TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a tiny bit marvellous 13 July 2011
By Lynne W
Format:Hardcover
Well, I've tried but today I am giving up. I am just over half way through this book and to be honest it's rubbish. This is the first time I have bought a book by a 'celebrity' author and it will be the last. I will stick to established authors in the future - how they must be tearing their hair out at this influx of celebrity writers. Dawn - stick to what you are good at and leave the proper writers to it. I agree with a previous reveiwer - this only got published because of who wrote it. A case of the Emperor's new clothes I think with this one. Very disappointing as I love Dawn French.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money on this one 31 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Load of rubbish, got to 6% of the book, not going to read any more. I cannot udnerstand why this was reviewed well on the TV chat shows, presumably because they had Dawn on and wanted to flatter her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Tiny Bit Marvellous 18 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
Don't buy this book, it's a waste of money, boring, dull and totally unrealistic. I tried really hard to continue reading this book, being a Dawn French fan, but left the half read book on my sunbed, whilst on holiday in Malta. I agree with all the one star reviews it doesn't stand up to all the hype. Dawn stick to television and leave the writing to skilled authors.

I gave it one star for the beetroot cake recipe at the back, which wasn't bad. Janette Butler
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, easy-going and funny read!
Written from three diary perspectives "A Tiny Bit Marvellous" is the story of the Battle family: Mo, approaching fifty, Dora, nearly 18 and Peter/Oscar, 16. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Laura Besley
3.0 out of 5 stars All made sense in the end
It took me some time to get into this book..............I love Dawn French, but not convinced I enjoy her writing style........sorry Dawn. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sue Quine
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
Very disappointed - was looking forward to reading this and just couldnt get into it at all so wont be trying Oh Silvia!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Y P Saint
3.0 out of 5 stars Not So good
A Tiny Bit Marvellous- loved Oh Sylvia, didnt get into this at all. found the characters bland and boring and didnt miss when I put it down
Published 1 month ago by mcmarsbar
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge bit marvellous
I recommend this book to all Mothers and former teenagers. I loved the storyline.
The characters are brilliantly written, they are easy to love and emphasise with. Read more
Published 1 month ago by llwyncelyn
3.0 out of 5 stars A tiny bit marvellous
nowhere near as funny as I expected from Dawn French. I was a little bit disappointed. Could have been better
Published 2 months ago by nannamaz
5.0 out of 5 stars An apt title
I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely book and recognised members of my own family in it, which was a bit weird! Thank you Dawn.
Published 2 months ago by gaynor williams-newton
3.0 out of 5 stars A surprise for me
I only came to this book when someone gave me a recipe from it (it's not really a recipe book!). It was only then that I actually read the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars 6:59 19/1/14
Excellent book laughed and cried. Would recommend reading. Took a while to get into but glad I did.
Happy reading.
Published 2 months ago by Kim Elphick
5.0 out of 5 stars tiny bit marvellous
Dawn French is a wonderful writer

I will be getting more of her books as they come out

i would recommend her to anyone
Published 3 months ago by sub
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