As a big fan of Dawn French, I was concerned that I may not enjoy her autobiography quite as much as some of her brilliant work. Luckily for me I was not disappointed! Her talent for great comedy and story telling really shines through in this honest, funny and, at some points, heart breaking book. We get given a close look into her relationships with the most important people in her life including her parents, daughter, friends and of course her comic husband Lenny Henry. Dawn French leaves nothing out of her book and is very open about all the most important points in her life including her highs such as her influences in comedy and at some points, harrowing lows including the tragic death of her father. This gives the reader a chance to feel as if they know Dawn French on a more personal level.
This book translates into audio form extremely well. The way Dawn tells her story it is almost as if it was written just to be read aloud. It was because of this that I was disappointed to hear that Liza Tarbuck was narrating it and not Dawn. I felt that it was a shame to miss out on hearing her story told first hand with that great voice and comic timing…however Liza Tarbuck does a fantastic job in bringing her wonderful story to life. I can understand why it may have been difficult for Dawn to do the narrating herself as some parts of it are so deeply sentimental and must have been hard to write about let alone talk about.
I would recommend this audio book to anyone whether they are a big fan of Dawn French or not.
Dear Fatty audio book (6 hours and 40 minutes in duration) is available to download now to your iPod, Mp3 Player, Computer or CD.