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.
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
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 🙂
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