Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Dawn French doesn’t need any introduction – she is a well known comedy actress, loved by many, and is most well known for being half of French and Saunders, and as the wonderful Vicar of Dibley.

What surprised me about this autobiography is the fact that the focus isn’t really on her career, and her fame. It’s certainly a large part of the book, outlining her early days in the Comic Strip, the films she took part in, as well as her recent roles.

However, the fascinating aspect of this book is the way that Dawn shares her life growing up, the relationships she’s had, her heartaches and her joys. She fiercely loves her family, her friends, and her colleagues, and that shines through. (However, she most certainly does not like Madonna! ;))

The book is written as a series of letters, to various people.. a large proportion of these are written to her father, and it’s easy to understand why, as he had such an affect on her. One particular letter had me in tears, and I was so glad to see Dawn reaching a type of resolution by the end of the book.. which did make for a good place for it to finish.

Dawn’s voice is obvious in the book, you can almost hear her speaking it in your mind.. in her own unique style. There are serious moments in the book, but the humour that you expect is always there. Who else would write a letter to her niece, talking about her life ahead of her.. including what it may be like to have a big bosom?!

For anyone who has enjoyed watching Dawn French over the years, I would highly recommend this autobiography, not only as a peek into her life, but also as a better understanding of the sort of person she is.

Published by Random House

Hardback 8 Oct 08 / CD 6 Nov 08

Buy At Amazon.co.uk

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2 thoughts on “Dear Fatty by Dawn French

  1. ken sherriff

    Can you please tell me who is BF to whom Dawn addresses her letters to (among others)in this lovely book.

  2. Paul Edmonds

    BF refers to Geraldine McNulty. A Guardian article (by Simon Fanshawe, 13 February 2003) once featured the comment, “Dawn French is off to deliver a birthday present to her best friend, the actress Geraldine McNulty”. The photographs in French’s book are also of McNulty.

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