Dear Fatty

Dear Fatty

Book - 2008
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With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life Dawn French shows how an RAF girl from the West Country 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 and experiences that have influenced her and that helped shape her comedy creations. She describes the experience of losing her beloved dad and later finding a tip-topmost chap in Lenny Henry. From raging about class, celebrity and bullying to describing the highs and lows of motherhood and friendship, DEAR FATTY reveals the surprising life behind the smile.
Publisher: London : 2008
ISBN: 9781846053443
1846053447
9780099519478
Branch Call Number: B 791.45092 FREN
Characteristics: 366 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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MsMicawber Jul 06, 2012

I know Dawn French only from the great series Clatterford but I loved this book. She's had a really interesting, sometimes wonderful, sometimes truly terrible life and she's written a really readable, entertaining memoir.

DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

SPL Shelf Life column Jan. 9, 2009

Since publication, Ms French has undergone a very public and no doubt painful divorce from the husband she so clearly adored in "Dear Fatty". His behaviour since aside, this memoir is still so much in Dawn French's voice that it's still very enjoyable.

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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

In this most unusual memoir, Dawn French writes very little very about her own stardom, although plenty of pictures show just how broad her career has been. Still, she keeps the name-dropping at a tantalizing minimum, and instead focuses on the people in her life who have influenced and inspired her along the way. Each chapter is actually a letter to one of those people – her parents, Fatty, various friends met along the way, past crushes, her B.F. (best friend, whose name is not revealed), her husband and daughter – and each letter recalls hilarious anecdotes, cringe-worthy moments, and even imaginary fantasies (i.e. the kiss with George Clooney - not so imaginary, but the after-affect was).
More like a peek into someone’s diary, Dear Fatty is likely to leave one tearful as much from laughing at Dawn French’s ebullient self as from the tender revelations of her life. It is the best memoir I have read in a very long time.

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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"Dear Dad, so, you're still dead."

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