Qui occupe la chambre nº 5 ? Une maîtresse exceptionnelle ? Une suprême égoïste ? Une mauvaise mère ? Une soeur adorée ? Une épouse nombriliste ?
Sylvia Shute est tout à la fois... Tout dépend qui en parle. Tout dépend qui lui parle... Et justement, depuis qu´elle gît dans le coma sur son lit d´hôpital, ils sont nombreux à défiler à son chevet.
Et que font ses proches, alors qu´elle ne peut leur répondre ? Eh bien, ils soliloquent, se remémorent les bons moments passés avec elle ou, au contraire, vident leur sac et l´agonissent de reproches.
Ces différentes voix forment un portrait mosaïque de Sylvia. Qui était-elle vraiment ? Et quel était son secret ?
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.
A Tiny Bit Marvellous is comedian Dawn French's hilarious pageturner.
Everyone hates the perfect family.
So you'll love the Battles.
Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two helpless, hormonal teenagers. There's 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, EVERYTHING and Peter who believes he's quite simply as darling and marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad . . . who's just, well... Dad.
However, Mo is having a crisis. She's about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other?
A Tiny Bit Marvellous is the number one bestselling novel from one of Britain's favourite comic writers.
Praise for A Tiny Bit Marvellous:
'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant' Wendy Holden 'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday 'Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page' The Times 'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life' Woman and Home 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. Dawn's second novel, Oh Dear Silvia, is out now.
Dawn French, number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, returns with her joyously funny new novel, According To YES.The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks.This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint. So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book.For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes?'I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly written. I loved it all' Marian Keyes'There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the better' Express'French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart from the usual chick-lit template. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeed' IndependentFurther praise for Dawn French:'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday'A hilarious snapshot of family life in the twenty-first century' Sunday Express'Extremely funny' Sunday Times'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian'Makes you laugh on every page' The Times'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life' Woman and Home'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant' Daily Mail
*This is a special digital edition of Me You: A Diary, and does not include calendar pages. To keep a working diary alongside Dawn, we recommend the hardback edition of Me You: A Diary, or write personal entries inside a separate paper journal. * 'START A JOURNAL alongside Dawn's witty outlook on life. This will have you laughing about your year' Prima 'This book is inspired!!!' Nadiya Hussain '[It's] beautiful, like Dawn, and stuffed full of goodies' Jo Brand ----------------------------This special digital edition takes you on a year-long journey with Dawn, to read her honest, moving memoir, filled with photos and her very own musings about life. Dawn has just turned 60 and she has written a diary just for you. As Dawn writes about the four seasons you'll discover more about her life. This book is about the things she knows for certain, the things she is still questioning, and the things that have happened in her past. I can't count the amount of diaries I have crammed full with entries in January, that then fizzle out as the other months pile in. One of my teenage diaries has fulsome fizzing reports of every single conversation, thought and feeling about every friend, every crush, every meal, every argument until mid-March, when the entry on the 18th simply reads, 'Washed hair.' Thank god, this isn't that. This book is a way for us to tell the story of a year together. Written about age and life as I see it, through the seasons and the months, and there are some places for you to join me in some fun and some thinking.