- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 38mm | 381g
- Publication date: 8 January 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141046341
- ISBN 13: 9780141046341
- Sales rank: 6,677
A Tiny Bit Marvellous is comedian Dawn French's hilarious pageturner. Everyone hates the perfect family. So you'll love the Battles. Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two helpless, hormonal teenagers. There's 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, everything and Peter who believes he's quite simply as darling and marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad...who's just, well...Dad. However, Mo is having a crisis. She's about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other? A Tiny Bit Marvellous is the number one bestselling novel from one of Britain's favourite comic writers. Praise for A Tiny Bit Marvellous: "Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant." (Wendy Holden). "A fantastic slam-dunk page turner. Funny, enriching...page after page I laughed out loud." (Mail on Sunday). "Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page." (The Times). "A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life." (Woman and Home).
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Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of this country's most long running and celebrated shows, including French and Saunders, The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, and more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In. Her first two novels, A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, are both number one bestsellers.
By Shelley Cusbert 19 Oct 2011
I've always liked Dawn French for her wit, particularly in her role as The Vicar of Dibley. When I won this novel courtesy of Mel's Random Reviews I was thrilled and took in away with me on my recent holiday looking for a laugh or two. I actually found myself laughing quite a lot as A Tiny Bit Marvellous is a hilarious exaggeration of a dysfunctional family simply trying to get through everyday.
Dawn French's voice is so distinctive and her bawdy humor and wry talent for comedic observation is evident when reading. It's terribly British with a lot of slang and cultural references that will be probably be unfamiliar to readers outside the Commonwealth yet the general gist can be interpreted.
To be honest the plot is is a bit thin but the eccentric characters are hugely entertaining. The story unfolds through a series of chapters by the various members of the Battle family, seventeen year old drama queen Dora, fifteen year old Oscar Wilde devotee Peter and harried mother and therapist Mo, with the last word given to Dad Battle.
Each family member is (appropriately) battling with their own issues. Dora has no idea what she is going to do post high school (academics are not her strong suit), she's just been dumped by her first real boyfriend and she regularly employs a creative if rather rude string of adjectives to describe her mother. She is a little over the top and brattish but eye rollingly amusing.
Peter AKA Oscar longs for a smoking jacket, and speaks as if is stuck in the late 1880's. He heads an exclusive club at school that idolises Audrey Hepburn, Peter Andre and develops a crush on his mother's newest antipodean intern. His insight is equally as impressive as his delusion.
Mo is in the midst of a crisis. Despite her success as a child therapist she is scorned by her daughter and baffled by her son. She is ripe for the attention of an unscrupulous younger man who offers excitement and adventure that her mild husband doesn't. Caught up in a daydream of escape she is oblivious to her family's personal trials.
Then there is Pamela, Mo's mother, who wisely dispenses advice on sex, a survivalist receptionist and several other odd characters thrown into the mix.
Fun, irreverent and there are even recipes in the back, A Tiny Bit Marvellous is well a tiny bit marvellous.
Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page The Times Hilarious. Chortle-out-loud turns of phrase, razor-sharp observations The Stylist Fresh, extremely funny Sunday Times Has she cracked it with her first novel? Yes. Engaging from the first page Heat Really enjoyable and highly recommended. Dawn French is a wonderful writer - witty, wise and poignant Daily Mail A hilarious and compelling read Good Housekeeping