- Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 28mm | 322g
- Publication date: 1 May 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 009951947X
- ISBN 13: 9780099519478
- Illustrations note: ill
- Sales rank: 2,164
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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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. In 2014 she is embarking on her first ever solo tour, entitled 30 Million Minutes.
By Amy Haines 12 Mar 2011
Read this book in 3 days. Loved it, it made me laugh out loud and a book has NEVER done that for me before. I will continue to read and read again. A delightfully warm and very open book on Dawn French's life, by Dawn French. Its my favourite book :)
By Linda Farhall 08 Jan 2010
Thought I'd do this review as a letter to be in keeping with this beaudelicious, curl up easy read.
Dawn writes to all her nearest and dearest, friends and family and some folk who just happen to pass within her well rounded orbit - and by that I do not mean fat! She tells them how things are and reminds them of the fun frolicking, hard working and sometimes mind shattering times that have got them all where they are today.
Read this and you'll be entertained, laugh, have a few lip wobbling moments and know why 'Moo' French is a sparkling, loving superbabe full of laughter and wit - except when she is cranky of course.
Yours wondering what she is going to do next,
PS: Do you know what she sang at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden? Read the book and find out.
"something of a revelation. Beacuse in among the the gags and photos of her bare bosom, there is intellectual rigour and real emotional intelligence ... heavens, she's a funny lady. I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so much." Sunday Telegraph "a national treasure ... Loyal, self-deprecating and garrulous, French's story makes for entertaining reading ... this is an original book, and will delight her fans and, indeed anyone with a sense of humour" Mail on Sunday "well written, warm and funny" Sunday Times "she writes so well" Daily Mail "no-holds-barred" List