• Dear Fatty

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Liza Tarbuck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-11-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (226 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2008 Dawn French (P)2008 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Something of a revelation. Because in among the the gags and photos of her bare bosom, there is intellectual rigour and real emotional intelligence ... heavens, she's a funny lady. I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so much."( Sunday Telegraph)
"A national treasure ... Loyal, self-deprecating and garrulous ¿ this is an original book, and will delight her fans and, indeed anyone with a sense of humour."( Mail on Sunday)
"Self-deprecating yet never self-pitying, irreverent yet never truly cynical, she comes across as a woman genuinely at ease with herself ... French is engaging company, and at her best she writes about heartbreak and elation with such grace that her book is impossible to dislike." ( Boston Standard)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 01-22-09

If you like Dawn French - You will love this book!

I love to read or listen to auto-biographies and biographies but usually prefer auto-bios (unless historical figures, of course, and I still like the biographer to use as much of the figures own writing, etc.). As a fan of Dawn French, British humor, Absoluteley Fabulous and the Vicar of Dibley - I suspected I would like this book but really knew nothing about Dawn French other than the TV shows (how she started, her family, her association with Jennifer Saunders, etc.) I learned all about those things and more. What made this particularly interesting is the format she wrote this in. Each chapter/section was a letter to various people - her deceased dad, her husband, daughter, friends, etc. She creatively used the letter to explain her relationships, thoughts, advice - you name it. It was so interesting - funny and sad in parts - touching and honest throughout. The only negative part (and it isn't really negative) is that she sometimes refers to stars, star scandals and other matters that are apparently well known in England (but not in USA - Well, she does live in England and this was undoubtedly primarily targeted for the Britich reader.) All that said, great listen. While she did not read it, the person who did read it sounded just like her. If you didn't know it was her - you'd swear it was. Just listening to her letter to her father in relation to his death (by suicide) is a lesson on forgiveness and love and worth the price of admission. Thanks for bringing this to us Audible.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 10-03-10

Classic Dawn...

What a laugh out loud book. Beautifully narrated, at times I thought it was Dawn herself reading to me. I could feel her pain, disappointment and joy. I really recommend this book to anyone that's a Dawn French fan. Thank you for a lovely book, hope to read more of your books....

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 12-02-08

Absolutely Fabulous

I was at first a touch disappointed that Dawn was not reading this herself however, having now heard it I understand why she said that it would be difficult for her to read without 'getting a bit tearful'. Lisa Tarbuck does an excellent job - so no problems there.
The book is very open and appears honest with lots of insights to Dawn's family, friends and past influences. Her letters to her late Father moved n]me to tears as they reminded me of the things that I should have liked to have said to my Dad when he was alive. It tugs at every emotion yet remains light and amusing - a good listen, I was sad when it finished I felt I was losing touch with a friend.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Delboy on 12-19-08


A great audiobook alround.

Anyone who feels they are missing out with missing Dawn French's own voice should be satisfied with Lisa Tarbuck's reading.

Honest, heart-felt and compassionate all the way through - a real insight to her life so far.

I am not an avid fan but enjoyed this greatly.

Would happily recommend to anyone who don't mind laughing out loud or feeling the odd lump to the throat. Be warned - this book is very capable of doing both!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gracious on 02-06-15

Dawn's love

There's a lot of love in this book. It's really warm, tender, vulnerable, and very, very honest.

Although at first I was a bit cross it wasn't being read by Dawn French herself, but I understood why, because Liza Tarbuck does such a good job eventually I forgot it wasn't Dawn.

For listening on one's phone app it would have been better if each letter had it's own chapter, rather than a bunch of letters making one long chapter. Really only a technical problem in an otherwise lovely book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chrissie on 01-05-18

Even though . ..

dawn didn't read this book (or did she) I was positive it was her I was listening to .

a brilliant writing of your life dawn. love you

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