Dear Fatty By Dawn French Book Review #20

I don’t read biographies often and it’s been years since I last read one. Dear Fatty was an impulse buy and I didn’t want it sitting on the shelf never having been read.

Dear Fatty

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career spanning nearly three decades and encompassing a vast and brilliant array of characters that would eventually establish her as a national treasure.

She first appeared on the British entertainment scene as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, which marked a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls on Top with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman. Then, as part of the wildly successful duo, French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repertoire of brilliantly observed recurring 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 again has showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial issue and make it mainstream and funny. From her early years as an RAF child to her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, from her outspoken views on sizeism to her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the fascinating and hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman

My Thoughts

It was an enjoyable, funny and at times, sad read. There’s something about Dawn French that I love and it was lovely reading about her family life and school days.

I have to say I wasn’t a fan of the letters to Madonna. I found them hard to read and ended up skimming over them.

It wasn’t a book that made me laugh out loud but I did chuckle when she thanked Lenny for buying her the expensive engagement ring and for also letting her keep it in the safe rather than wearing it because it was hideous!

She always comes across as a lovely lady who would make a brilliant friend and after reading Dear Fatty I believe she really would 🙂

Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 20 books read


For more book-related posts, click here


  1. Acorn Books 27th May 2018 at 11:14 pm

    I really enjoyed this book when I read it a few years ago, Dawn French is so likeable #Readwithme

  2. Catherine @ Story Snug 25th May 2018 at 10:35 pm

    I really like Dawn French and would love to read her autobiography, I didn’t realise that her and Jennifer Saunders were once flatmates.


  3. Kate 24th May 2018 at 11:03 pm

    I think Dawn French always seems down to earth, I think this is something I may read, I haven’t read an autobiography for ages, so it is about time!! #readwithme

  4. mumjd 21st May 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Although I love Dawn French, I’m not particularly a fan of the autobiography genre #readwithme

  5. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 21st May 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t tend to read autobiographies and I’ll admit this one doesn’t appeal to me but thank you for sharing with #readwithme

  6. Sarah MumofThree World 21st May 2018 at 2:04 pm

    I usually read a couple of biographies a year. I prefer fiction, but it’s nice to have a change from time to time and to get an extra insight into the people you see on TV. I’m glad to hear that Dawn French comes across as being just as nice as she appears on TV!

Don't be shy, come and talk to me! :o)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.