With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.
Here Dawn French invites us into her most personal relationships with, among others, her mum and dad, her husband, her daughter and her friend Jennifer.
Dawn reveals the people, experiences and obsessions that have influenced her and that helped shape her comedy creations - including dogs, grandmas, teenage angst, school, stealing and David Cassidy. She is as open about her fears and sorrows as she is about her delights and joys, and for the first time shares the experience of losing her beloved dad and later finding a tip-topmost chap in Lenny Henry.
From raging about class and celebrity to describing the highs and lows of motherhood and friendship, Dear Fatty reveals the surprising life behind the smile.
I love to read or listen to auto-biographies and biographies but usually prefer auto-bios (unless historical figures, of course, and I still like the biographer to use as much of the figures own writing, etc.). As a fan of Dawn French, British humor, Absoluteley Fabulous and the Vicar of Dibley - I suspected I would like this book but really knew nothing about Dawn French other than the TV shows (how she started, her family, her association with Jennifer Saunders, etc.) I learned all about those things and more. What made this particularly interesting is the format she wrote this in. Each chapter/section was a letter to various people - her deceased dad, her husband, daughter, friends, etc. She creatively used the letter to explain her relationships, thoughts, advice - you name it. It was so interesting - funny and sad in parts - touching and honest throughout. The only negative part (and it isn't really negative) is that she sometimes refers to stars, star scandals and other matters that are apparently well known in England (but not in USA - Well, she does live in England and this was undoubtedly primarily targeted for the Britich reader.) All that said, great listen. While she did not read it, the person who did read it sounded just like her. If you didn't know it was her - you'd swear it was. Just listening to her letter to her father in relation to his death (by suicide) is a lesson on forgiveness and love and worth the price of admission. Thanks for bringing this to us Audible.
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What a laugh out loud book. Beautifully narrated, at times I thought it was Dawn herself reading to me. I could feel her pain, disappointment and joy. I really recommend this book to anyone that's a Dawn French fan. Thank you for a lovely book, hope to read more of your books....
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Dawn French covers many, many topics as she writes letters to friends, family and the dearly departed. Her correspondence to them creates a memoir that is vivid, funny and insightful. Wish she would have narrated, but understood why she didn't. Liza does a good job with it though. Highly recommended, especially if you are in need of some humor.
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Where does Dear Fatty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It was a great listen, I have followed Dawn French since French & Saunders.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Dawn, this is the story of her, and what an interesting journey she has had.
What about Liza Tarbuck’s performance did you like?
She was fine but I would have preferred to have Dawn read it, but because of the personal nature of this book, she felt she could not do it without breaking down.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes I might later on.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed the book immensely and I hope she writes another one to bring us up to speed.
She is now divorced from Lenny and it would be great to see how she is doing now.
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I unfortunately listened to this after Stephen Frys autobiography and it was like listening to Noddy after listening to War and Peace. I found it a disappointment and to have it narrated by someone other than herself was an added disappointment.
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A life well lived. Especially moving tribute to her dad and a touching thank you to her husband
Would have loved it in her voice but Liza Tarbuck was great.
I was initially disappointed that Dawn would not be reading her book herself, but 15 minutes in, her humor, tone, and personality saturated every word read by Liza. Several times I forgot who was reading.
The letters are beautifully personal and paint vivid images of her childhood from her point of view. She illustrates the dynamics that are unique but common in every family, reminding me of many occasions within my own.
loved how she wrote to those who shaped her life. Made her more real to me
A lovely book that brought me to tears from laughter and then from sadness. Her letters are very personal, fun, and beautiful. I loved it.
What a great listen
Yes there are funny moments as you would expect but there are also some quite sad times as well
Thanks dawn for a glimpse into your life