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Description - Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career that has spanned nearly three decades. Loved for her irreverant humour, Dawn has achieved massive mainstream success while continuing to push boundaries and challenge stereotypes. Here she describes the journey that would eventually establish her as a perhaps unlikely, but nevertheless genuine, national treasure.Dawn began her career as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, marking a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls On Top, which teamed Dawn with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman and firmly established women in British comedy.As part of the wildly successful and much loved duo French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repetoire of brilliantly observed characters, parodying popular culture and impersonating everything from Madonna and Harry Potter to The Exorcist. Dawn's more recent role in the Vicar of Dibley showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial and topical issue and make it mainstream - and very funny.From her early years as an RAF child and her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, to her outspoken views on sizism and her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the extraordinary, hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099519478
ISBN-10: 009951947X
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Dear Fatty by Dawn French - Reviewed by (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.

Author Biography - Dawn French

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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