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Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career that has spanned nearly three decades. Loved for her irreverant humour, Dawn has achieved massive mainstream success while continuing to push boundaries and challenge stereotypes. Here she describes the journey that would eventually establish her as a perhaps unlikely, but nevertheless genuine, national treasure.

Dawn began her career as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, marking a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls On Top, which teamed Dawn with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman and firmly established women in British comedy.

As part of the wildly successful and much loved duo French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repetoire of brilliantly observed 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 showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial and topical issue and make it mainstream - and very funny.

From her early years as an RAF child and her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, to her outspoken views on sizism and her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the extraordinary, hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman.

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Dear Fatty
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Dear Fatty
July 30th, 2014
Funny and entertaining while not sensationalising ; well done Dawn
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January 24th, 2014
Loved this book so much, found it hard to put down, and could relate to some of the places she talked about as I live in her home town, was sad to finish the book and wanted it to never end, she has a wonderful way with words and humour.
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January 23rd, 2014
I loved the way each chapter was written to a different person. Dawn is a funny lady and she makes people, no matter whether we are fat, thin etc, we are all worth something.
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October 4th, 2013
This book made me both laugh and cry. I am not usually someone to cry over a book, but Dawn's writing really made me feel what she felt. Then by the next chapter, I was howling with laughter agaun. This book lets you feel that it is ok not to be perfect, just to be happy with the person you are.
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Loved It!
February 22nd, 2013
I have always adored Dawn French and after reading this book I adore her even more! Great read.
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Loved It!
February 22nd, 2013
I have always adored Dawn French and after reading this book I adore her even more! Great read.
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