Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

Book rating: 03 Hardback

By (author) Jennifer Saunders

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  • Publisher: VIKING
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 240mm x 31mm | 608g
  • Publication date: 10 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0241001560
  • ISBN 13: 9780241001561
  • Sales rank: 15,742

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Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders - the hilarious, touching life story of the iconic comedian and national treasure Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn. There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination. As she admits, 'There has never been a Plan. Everything has been fairly random, happened by accident or just fallen into place. I'm off now, to do some sweeping...' Prepare to chuckle, whoop, and go Bonkers. Jennifer Saunders is a comedian, writer and actress. She has won three Baftas (including the Bafta Fellowship), an International Emmy, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or, two Writers' Guild Awards and a People's Choice Award. She also has a certificate for coming third in the discus at the Northwich Area Sports championships, and numerous rosettes for clear round jumping and gymkhana on her pony. She lives in Devon and London with her husband Adrian Edmondson. She has three daughters who are all grown up and have left home. They have been replaced with a whippet called Olive. She has recently been forced to become a grandmother despite only being 55. Bonkers is her first book.

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Jennifer Saunders is a comedian, writer and actress. She has won three BAFTAs, an International Emmy, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or, two Writers' Guild Awards and a People's Choice Award. She first found widespread attention in the 1980s when she formed The Comic Strip after graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama. With Dawn French, she wrote and starred in French & Saunders, the long-running hit sketch show. She won worldwide acclaim in the 1990s for writing Absolutely Fabulous, playing Edina Monsoon.

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By Julie Unicomb 17 May 2014 3

I was so looking forward to reading this book as I find Jennifer Saunders quite hilarious most of the time however I found the book a little underwhelming. There are a few amusing passages, and one quite hysterical section when she talks about a trip to India with Joanna Lumley but the rest is a little boring.

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Fabulous? Yes. Funny? Absolutely Mail on Sunday Beautifully written and frequently hilarious Guardian Delightfully funny... she writes with moving honesty Hello! Her account of battling breast cancer is as honest as it is uplifting Daily Mail 'Hilarious and brilliant' -- Kirsty Young BBC Radio 4