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A Tiny Bit Marvellous [Hardcover]

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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,386 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge lot rubbish!! 29 Aug 2011
By Dodwell
Format:Paperback
In common with lots of reviewers, I wanted to like this book but, with its dreary plot (which I'm sure I've read elsewhere) its use of never ending foul language (itself an indication of a lazy writer) and its weak storyline, I though it was dreadful.

As another reviewer has stated, this appears to be a cash in on so called "celebrity status" and is all the poorer for it! When I think of all the talented writers there are in this country, slaving away over their novels or short stories and who will never get published, my blood boils when this tripe gets publicity.

That's several hours of my life I'll never get back!
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Did not realise it would hold bad language gave up reading after two chapters.
Published 8 hours ago by Mrs. P. M. Coombe
2.0 out of 5 stars not engaging
Started off enjoying this book but it gets repetitive so I've given up but may go back to it.
Published 1 day ago by jimbog
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm book.
I wasn't sure whether to give this book four stars or five stars. By the end of the book, I settled on five stars. Yes, it may be a tiny bit unrealistic, but does it need to be?! Read more
Published 4 days ago by S
2.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed with this book as an avid follower of Dawn ...
I was disappointed with this book as an avid follower of Dawn French, I couldn't wait to read her novel. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Debs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed it
Published 23 days ago by Mrs Susan Cresswell
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that really was a tiny bit marvellous
A Tiny Bit Marvellous

This is the story of Mo, a child psychologist, who is nearing 50 and who finds her life at something of a crossroads, yet she cannot really fathom... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Rootie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad
Published 25 days ago by S M Helyar
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Found it a bit boring really but that's just my opinion - try it you might like it!
Published 1 month ago by vonnyrosy
4.0 out of 5 stars She enjoyed it.
My wife's book. She enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Alexander Wylie
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