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Book Review: Dear Fatty by Dawn French - Reviewed by ohbukowski (09 Jun 2011)
I read this book at a time in my life when I was feeling a bit down. At first, it cheered me up. There were many parts which I loved. It has become a bestseller, and I can see why.
But there was something a little bit manically positive about the book. Difficulties seemed glossed over, the higher road always taken.
It must be hard to write an honest account of one's life when you are in the public eye. How do you share without divulging too much? I had sympathy for Dawn French and appreciated her sometimes candour. And yet I started to get a nagging feeling of something missing; a lack of pathos. Too much positive affirmation and a dearth of dark corners. A very difficult death was written of without evoking much emotional reaction, and a challenging phase in an important relationship which never seemed to reach an honest point.
Dawn French is a brilliant entertainer and writer of one of my favourite shows ever: Ab Fab. Her work seems always to be silly and manic, but she often achieves honesty and pathos and is not afraid to be ugly on screen.
This book could have done with more than that; rather than be a shallow and enjoyable, friendly pick-me-up, it could have achieved the feeling of the warm confidences of a brilliant friend.
Dawn French was born in Wales in 1957. She trained to be a drama teacher at London's Central School of Speech and Drama where she met Jennifer Saunders. Dawn French has numerous television credits to her name, the most notable of which is her role in The Vicar of Dibley. She is married to the comedian Lenny Henry, with whom she has a daughter.
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