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Easy read, but somewhat lacking in detail. (although pre warned, so cant complain)
on 3 January 2018
Overall I really liked this book. Its as though Jennifer Saunders is actually in your front room telling you the story, and I read almost all of it in her voice in my head. (Who needs audiobooks!) I also almost imagine Eddie from Ab fab as being quite a close portrayal of JS based on some of the stories she tells throughout the books, and I also felt it really easy to relate- I am also a massive procrastinator. To be fair, Jennifer openly states at the start of the book that there are a lot of vague memories, so you don't expect too much. In saying that, I felt like there were massive parts of her life that were just rushed over, and other parts where there was far too much detail (cue pages of faxes) so its a bit mixed in terms of what you get out of it.
The book is funny, and it is lovely to hear her speak about her various strong relationships with coworkers throughout the years. She talks about French and Saunders from the beginnings, doing standup and landing their first TV gig. There is chat about comedy strip presents, and how thrilled they were when they got a parking space at the BBC. I would say that story in particular shows how down to earth JS is, but there are lots of wonderful stories that really just speak masses about her character. She goes on to talk about having to fill the French and Saunders slot and how Ab Fab was cleverly conjured up- an interesting read if you are a fan.
I would recommend this book for fans, but be aware there are a few pages that you may gloss over (the faxes) depending on how much of a reader you are and how good your attention span is. Im glad to have read Dawn French's autobiographies as it did help me to fill in some of the blanks and the big jumps in time. It would be good for there to have been more information at some points though. Other than that, it was a nice, easy read.