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Dawn French, number one bestelling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and one of Britain's best loved comic writers, returns with Oh Dear Silvia, a darkly comic pageturner that will have you hanging on her every word.

Who is in Coma Suite Number 5?

A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife?

All of these. For this is Silvia Shute who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops.

Her past holds a dark and terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. And she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers.

Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...

Oh Dear Silvia is the brand new novel from one of Britain's most loved comic writers and the number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous.

Praise for Dawn French:

'Extremely funny' Sunday Times

'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner' Mail on Sunday

Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. On purpose. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of this country's most long running, cherished and celebrated shows, including French and Saunders, The Comic Strip Presents. . ., Murder Most Horrid, The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, and more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.

Her bestselling memoir, Dear Fatty, was published to critical acclaim in 2008. Her first novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, was also a great success, going straight to No.1.

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Oh Dear Silvia
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oh dear silvia
March 20th, 2015
First book read in years and was not disappointed enjoyed from beginning to end would recommend and read again
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Good funny read but sad
February 20th, 2014
Was truly hoping she would pull through in the end. But a good read.
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January 23rd, 2014
Dawn's first book 'A Tiny Bit Marvellous' was funny, engaging and a real page turner... what went wrong this time? The characters were flat, uninteresting and worst of all unbelievable. All of this would ok if it was at least half way funny. I do admit I found the mystery of Silvia at least interesting enough to finish the book, as such I give this book 2 stars. If you want something funny and engaging please look elsewhere. I hope Dawn's next book is truly awesome as I know they can be.
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Oh dear silvia
January 8th, 2014
Brilliant book, funny and sad, loved it.
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Oh Dear Silvia
December 27th, 2013
A very real book written skilfully. What a talented person Dawn French is. This is not a light and comedic text but rather a thought provoking and challenging one.
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Funny and sad at the sad time
July 30th, 2013
I read "A Tiny Bit Marvellous" and enjoyed it so was expecting something in the same vein with "Oh Dear Silvia". I admit that I wasn't gripped at first, it was only once Tia made her first entrance that I got into the book... without her there wouldn't be much real comedy and I'm glad she's there, the book would have been very heavy without her. All in all I grew to love it and would recommend it to anyone, granted I didn't really understand the reasoning behind Silvia's actions, but people do strange things sometimes. I got quite misty eyed at the end... and the final chapter is heartbreakingly sad. Well done, Dawn French... I can't wait for your next book :0)
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Oh Dear Sylvia
July 17th, 2013
Enjoyable but. Not what I expected.
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Oh dear Silvia
March 15th, 2013
Fantastic book. Great characters created by dawn French . Very funny and loveable. A book you have to read to the end .
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Very interesting
February 24th, 2013
Being a health care professional I am used to being on ITU. However, this focuses on the experiences of the visitors. As the story unfolds we learn more about the patient from the perspective of her relatives. Although you might think this is a little depressing, it is written by Dawn French. One night I was reading it bed and was laughing so much I had tears streaming down my face!
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
February 5th, 2013
This is not a review, as such, but a full blown confession. I started reading this a couple of days ago on my iPad, propping the tablet on a book pillow on the controls of the treadmill walking machine. I knew that reading something would keep my mind off this very necessary but boring exercise. I've always enjoyed Dawn French on TV and also her books I've previously read. But this one has really moved me. I couldn't put it down (but I did get off the machine now and then and swipe through the pages in bed or with coffee). Just now i finished it, about 10 minutes after the walking program automatically shut down. I hardly noticed I'd stopped walking. I stood here on the machine reading the last chapters, flicking through pages, tears rolling, full of love of (nearly) all the characters - as they say, I just HAD to finish it. Such an interesting, different story, but achingly familiar to anyone who's lost someone near and dear, yet also funny and positive. If you like something with the real human touch and with a strong dose of British humor and irony, don't miss this. I, and my slightly less flabby bod, thank Dawn and Penguin and Kobo.
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A slow burner
December 19th, 2012
Took me a while (been a bit busy) and it took a while to get into it but quite enjoyed it in the end
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