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Dear Fatty by [French, Dawn]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 448 customer reviews

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It's become a cliché in Britain to call somebody in the entertainment field a national institution -- but that's exactly what Dawn French is. As both comedienne and actress (the latter in both comedy and straight parts), she has become one of the best loved entertainers in the country. Her range is not wide (unlike her dimensions -- and that's the sort of joke she’d crack), but she is utterly winning in everything he does. And that quality continues in Dear Fatty, a truly entertaining memoir of an event-packed life.

The form of the book is a series of letters by French, conjuring her transformation from a West Country RAF girl to a star of the cult alternative comedy group The Comic Strip. This was followed by the groundbreaking all-female Girls on Top (which did much to establish the position of women in British comedy), the astonishing success of the TV series French and Saunders (with French’s equally talented friend Jennifer Saunders) and the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, where French’s wickedly sardonic touch keeps the tweeness of the basic situation -- female vicar in a rustic town -- at bay.

For French, early dreams of becoming a ballerina or an air hostess came to nothing, but the loss to the worlds of dance and aviation was a gain for TV audiences. All of that, of course, is covered in this frequently hilarious and often moving collection. We are invited into her most personal relationships with (among others) her mother and father, her husband (fellow comedian Lenny Henry), and, of course, her most important comedic ally, Jennifer Saunders. Everything French describes -- from the agonies of being a teenager to the death of her father -- and (of course) the way in which society defines her by her generous size -- is treated with a highly diverting insight. Fans of Dawn French's TV appearances will lap it up, but Dear Fatty has a lot more to offer, even to those only vaguely familiar with her. But is anyone in Britain only vaguely familiar with Dawn French? --Barry Forshaw

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'Anyone perparing for another dry, identikit celebrity autobiography is going to be delighted by these hilarious memoirs' -- She

'French can still cut the comic mustard'
-- Time Out

'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

'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

'well written, warm and funny' -- Sunday Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4106 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (8 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064BZYF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 448 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a great book. Ok, it might not be the most honest biography - it's hard to read the letters to Lenny stating how much Dawn loves him while knowing they divorced a few short years after this was published - but it's very well written. Dawn lays her heart bare in letters to her late father, close friends and beloved family in her usual humorous way. If you're a fan then it's a great read. Even if you're not a fan it's still quite entertaining. Also, because it's broken down into short chapters/letters it's easy to read.
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A great read... the irony too in the way Dawn descibes and lauds her love for Lenny yet they divorced soon after this book was published. Such is life. Dawn French remains on my list of ideal dinner party guests. Such wit; such wonderful story telling. Excellent.
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Such an honest insight into the fabulous woman's life. Loads of laughs at her crazy teenage antics and also shockingly sad moments that shaped her life forever. A really brave book, laying your life so open for people to share. Thank you Dawn, just want to hug you!!!
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Lovely book made me like you even more vicar also a lot of tears. Your tribute to Len made me appreciate my lovely husband but made me wonder why you went your separate ways it seemed so sad. Slowed down reading it in the e d because I didn't want it to end so I guess that sums it up. Thank you for a very enjoyable few hour's you will be 're-read
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Amazing book wasnt sure at first thought too many silly jokes and then wow i got insight into pain hurt loss betrayal happiness love tears seriously fantastic. Inspirational.
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couldn't get in to this book so only read a few chapters
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Must have for all French & Saunders admirers. Brilliantly read by Liza Tarbuck.
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GREAT
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