Dawn French is a writer and performer who is considered by many polls to be one of the UK’s greatest living comedians and most popular actors. Her most recent book, Because of You, became an instant best seller.
Often described as warm, insightful, caring, and always hilarious; all of these qualities are reflected in Dawn’s works from her books and audiobooks, decades of experience on television, to her extensive experience with radio.
Dawn has starred in hit comedies such as The Vicar of Dibley and French and Saunders making her a household name for comedy fans around the world. French and Saunders was created with her comedy partner and best friend Jennifer Saunders. Whether it is hosting a TV show in Australia or her countless guest appearances on a huge number of shows, Dawn remains a mainstay on TV screens to this day.
Dawn has appeared in dozens of TV series, theater productions, and films. You will be able to catch her as Miss Bowers in the Hollywood adaption of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, available to stream today on HBO Max and Hulu or Disney Plus in some regions. Miss Bowers was previously immortalised on screen by Academy Award winner Maggie Smith in the 1978 film adaptation.
Her award highlights include BAFTA and Writers’ Guild wins, a British Comedy Award, and the 2011 Glamour Award for Writer. Her popularity has been so enduring that it should have been no surprise when the rights for her 2008 autobiography Dear Fatty were won by Penguin for an astounding £1.5 million advance.
As well as performing narration for children’s books and all her own books, Dawn has also performed in a number of audio specials, including a three hour special with her equally funny and successful comedy partner Jennifer Saunders, called French & Saunders: Titting About.
An instant best seller. After five long years of waiting for a new Dawn French novel, you will fall in love with this tantalising story of motherhood.
This is a book about mothers and daughters, love and loss, mistakes and regret. It’s a book about nature and nurture. Ultimately, it’s a book about what makes us who we are; it is a story for all of us. Following her wonderful bestsellers A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Oh Dear Silvia, and According to Yes, Because Of You is Dawn French’s stunning new book, told with her signature humour, warmth, and so much love.
You can start a diary at any time of the year so why not record your thoughts alongside Dawn’s warm and witty observations. It’s a brilliant way to pay-attention to and remember the days you’re living through…
Also available in paperback and Kindle as Me. You: Not A Diary.
Manhattan’s wealthy Upper East Side has its own rigid code of behaviour. One strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family.
So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric primary school teacher from England, bonces into this fortress of restraint with a heart as big as the city, the family quickly discovers that she hasn’t read the rule book.
After a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying… yes?
Everyone knows the real Silvia, don’t they?
Silvia Shute lies in hospital in a coma. Family and friends gather at her bedside, each thinking they know the real Silvia. But do they? For Silvia hides a secret. One she can never tell. And as her visitors congregate so the truth about Silvia is slowly revealed. Again, and again and again . . .
A hilarious, heartwarming memoir from one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. Dear Fatty consists of letters to the different people who have been in Dawn’s life, offering a fascinating and frequently hilarious inside look into Dawn French’s remarkable life.
From her apartment-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders to the death of her father, from her outspoken views on sizeism to her views on Madonna, Dear Fatty chronicles the extraordinary, hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic, and unstoppable woman.
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French & Saunders: Titting About (5 October 2020) also featuring Jennifer Saunders | Amazon: audio
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (17 September 2020) BBC | Amazon: audio
Because of You (15 October 2020) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / Kindle / audio
Locked Together (15 April 2020) featuring Jennifer Saunders | Amazon: audio
Joan of Arc, and How She Became a Saint (20 June 2019) BBC | Amazon: audio
Women Talking About Cars (21 March 2019) BBC | Amazon: audio
You. Me. A Diary (2017) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / Kindle
According to Yes (22 October 2015) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / Kindle / audio
Vicar of Dibley 1 (1 November 2012) BBC | Amazon: audio
Oh Dear Silvia (25 October 2012) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / Kindle / audio
A Tiny Bit Marvellous (28 October 2010) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / Kindle / audio
A Certain Age, Vol. 1: Female Monologues (01 June 2010) BBC | Amazon: audio
Mastering the Universe (17 April 2009) BBC | Amazon: audio
A Feast of French and Saunders (30 September 1991) out of print | Amazon: hardcover / paperback
The Kipper Collection: 8 Books in 1 (1 January 1998) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Kipper (18 April 1991) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Kipper’s Toy Box (1 October 1992) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Kipper’s Birthday (18 March 1993) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Kipper’s Snowy Day (1 September 1996) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Kipper’s Christmas Eve (14 December 1998) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Kipper’s A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure (19 October 2000) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Kipper’s Monster (24 April 2001) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Kipper’s New Pet (7 June 2016) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Aaaarrgghh, Spider! (18 May 2010) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Coraline: An Adventure Too Weird for Words (5 March 2009) | Amazon: audio
Gumboot’s Chocolatey Day (17 February 2006) | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / audio
Read & Listen: Peter Pan (24 August 2000) (beware: used copies are known to arrive without the audio CD) | Amazon: out of print 🙁
Get your knits out for Dawn’s knitwear design collection, in collaboration with Sylvie Soudan. Although now out of print, you may find a preowned copy at a reasonable price with some luck:
Big Knits: Bold, Beautiful, Designer Knitwear (1 January 1990) | Amazon: hardcover
Great Big Knits: Over Twenty Designer Patterns (1 January 1993) | Amazon: hardcover
Books about or relating to Dawn French:
Dawn French Quotes: 45+ Motivational Quotes By Dawn French For A Perfect Twinkling Day (12 March 2019) | Amazon: Kindle
Dawn French Bought My Lava Lamp + other short stories (9 Feb 2015) | Amazon: Kindle
Dawn French: Life, Career, Weight loss (22 October 2012) | Amazon: Kindle
Extraordinary Lives: Julie Walters, Alan Titchmarsh, Dawn French and Patrick Swayze (2010) | Amazon: hardcover
Beneath the Cassock: The Real-Life Vicar of Dibley (1 August 2002) out of print | Amazon: hardcover / paperback
Dawn French: Level One (5 June 2000) La Loupe, or ‘Level One’, is designed to help students learn French.
Us Three (1 September 2020) by Ruth Jones. Dawn says ‘A touching celebration of the beauty and endurance of female friendship. There is nothing mightier. Fact.’ | audio narrated by Ruth Jones | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / Kindle / audio
Bonkers: My Life In Laughs (10 October 2013) by Jennifer Saunders. Dawn says on Jannifer’s comedy career ‘I cannot believe you’re this talented, I cannot believe it’s this successful, I can’t believe I’m not in it!’ | audio narrated by Jennifer Saunders | Amazon: hardcover / paperback / Kindle / audio
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