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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,051 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dawn French Narrator: Liza Tarbuck Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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Dear Fatty is read by Liza Tarbuck at the request of the author. With an introduction from Dawn French.

With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.

Here Dawn French invites us into her most personal relationships with, among others, her mum and dad, her husband, her daughter and her friend Jennifer.

Dawn reveals the people, experiences and obsessions that have influenced her and that helped shape her comedy creations - including dogs, grandmas, teenage angst, school, stealing and David Cassidy. She is as open about her fears and sorrows as she is about her delights and joys, and for the first time shares the experience of losing her beloved dad and later finding a tip-topmost chap in Lenny Henry.

From raging about class and celebrity to describing the highs and lows of motherhood and friendship, Dear Fatty reveals the surprising life behind the smile. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sapphire | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this mostly for Dawn's eccentric rambling style more than anything else. Structually I found it a bit confusing, it's written as a bunch of letters and isn't chronological so as a whole it was difficult to form a solid idea of people, events, and how situations influenced other events. Still, she's always good for a chuckle. Seemed to drag on though. Ultimatley it wasn't nearly as funny or enjoyable as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 2/12/2014

    " Surprisingly good, gentle humour, kind and warm "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 2/7/2014

    " Really good biography. The format was a great idea. Her letters to Jennifer were drawn out jokes in between the moving letters. I was a teenager in the 70s as well & had a crush on David Cassidy :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soraya | 1/24/2014

    " She is not only a brilliant comedian but a brilliant writer, it seems! The book is written in the form of a series of letters which probably helped with the writing because it is clear what she wanted to say to each person. Many of the letters are addressed to her father who died when she was nineteen years old and some of those letters are desperately sad. However, for every sad memory she shares there is bound to be a silly or funny or embarrassing one too. This makes the book very enjoyable to read and difficult to put down! Overall I loved it because of Dawn's positive and very healthy outlook on life, despite the difficult times she has been through. I hope that I will be as happy as Dawn is when I reach 50. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nazmun | 1/14/2014

    " If you are feeling a tad depressed, and are longing for a good laugh....this is the book to pick :-) I am a fan of hers, so my evaluation may be a bit biased. Or not! I loved the unusual style of writing biography in a series of letters, her brutal honesty and unique humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Klurisa | 1/12/2014

    " Thought it would be better, still ... I love Dawn "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andria | 1/7/2014

    " She makes me laugh. And cry a little. And cry a little from laughing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte Stout | 12/27/2013

    " I loved every word of this book. Dawn French is fabulous, funny and can tug on your heart strings like a cat with a ball of wool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 12/5/2013

    " not a bad read. It isn't your usual style of biography as it is written as a set of letters to various people in her life. Still witty and light but I wouldn't say a chronological style biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Hughes | 11/26/2013

    " very funny and a good read! loved the part about meeting the queen! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giselle | 11/20/2013

    " Liked the idea of the letters to everyone in her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 11/8/2013

    " was shocked to read that she put a gun in a kittens mouth???? which started to turn me off reading further however I did, book was ok but I wouldn't read another one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/9/2013

    " I love this woman! She has a lovely story full of love, laughter, sadness that will make you have a tear or two, forgiveness, understanding and total nuttyness that appeals to my humour. Dawn French is my kind of person! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 5/28/2013

    " will be reading for bookclub in '09 (June) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Carreras | 3/17/2013

    " I bought this while in the U.K. and am so glad I did. This insightful biography was raw and candid but still funny. I loved it. And I love her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 12/30/2012

    " In this book, Dawn tells the story of her life in the form of letters to various people, making this more like a collection of personal essays than a book. This makes it easy for me to read an entry or two here and there when I have the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snicketts | 9/8/2012

    " Simple, funny, honest and clever, rather like the lady herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 8/17/2012

    " Hilarious!! It did not disapoint. A charming read that is fantastic to escape with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 8/2/2012

    " A wonderful book that combines humour with sadness as Dawn French relates to her father the people she has met since he died. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pob | 8/1/2012

    " Not as funny as i thought it was going to be, interesting life she led though. No laugh out load moments! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 5/15/2012

    " I enjoyed this book very much. It shows Dawn French, who most of us know frm various British comedies, as a woman of great depth, perception, kindness, emotion, and practicality. It's a lovely read, and I only hope she will document the next 50 years of her life in as beautiful a manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 4/8/2012

    " Just started this and constantly laughing out loud. She is so funny, but in such a matter-of-fact way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simone | 12/18/2011

    " A memoir written by Dawn French, which each chapter written in the form of a letter to important people in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina Jensen | 10/16/2011

    " I loved this book! It was funny and honest. I liked Dawn's style of writing - I could imagine her voice in my head. A very entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Clark | 8/8/2011

    " I did enjoy this book, very different in style from most autobiographies as written in the form of letters but still very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Marshall | 7/7/2011

    " A very frank, well written book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 6/19/2011

    " French's autobiography. Engaging and well written. Very enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leif | 5/1/2011

    " Hilarious, but not condescending; sad but not overly sentimental. This made me simultaneously snort coffee out of my nose and give Dawn French a big hug at the same time - a high compliment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/15/2011

    " i laughed, i cried....thanks for sharing Dawn!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 3/13/2011

    " Loved it. I loved the format, her tenderness and the delightful upbringing she had. A thoroughly good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ksj | 3/4/2011

    " Hilarious and touching! I loved Dawn in the Vicar of Dibley and I loved reading her witty, open and powerful story in this book. She's different and she revels in that--I find that refreshing and inspiring. Also absolutely loved the photos of her famous and very handsome ex, Len. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 2/23/2011

    " I thought it was pretty funny. On a personal note, it was kind of nice reading a book by someone who also had their Dad died when they were 19. Makes you realise that there are plenty of people in the same boat with you. Feels nice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mageesdad | 2/18/2011

    " This was interesting and funny. There were parts that dragged, but it gave me a better understanding of this actor and how she became to be who she is. "

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