Monday 10 February 2014

Review: Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders' brilliant comic creations have brought joy to millions for three decades. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Absolutely Fabulous to Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia, her characters are household names.

But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, touching and disarmingly honest memoir, filled with stories of friends, laughter and occasional heartache - but never misery.

From her childhood on RAF bases, where her father was a pilot, to her life-changing encounter with a young Dawn French, on to success and family, the book charts her extraordinary story, including the slip ups and battles along the way.

Review: aww what a lovely, touching autobiography! I was hooked into this book straight away and found it compulsive reading right from the first page, literally such a quick read because you feel like Jennifer saundersnis speaking to you and only you and you want to finish this wonderful conversation that you're having with this fabulous comedienne before going away and doing anything else. I actually got this on audiobook and as it is read by the author, this feeling of being in conversation with her intensified even more. 

I love the structure of this book because, like any goo autobiography which is designed to keep you entertained, it doesn't simply go over event chronologically, there are massive tangents to go off and on and she merely highlights events that were key for her, not making a massive event over the more trivial points, or the points which will make a better sale of the book. She knows her audience and knows the kind of anecdotes that they will want to hear about her relationship with her comedy partners, her husband and her battle with breast cancer. 

I have to admit that whilst I was a big fan of Jennifer Saunders before, I am an even bigger fan now! She just makes herself so endearing to hear readers and you don't even realise the amount of things she's been involved in and this book lays them all our for you, showing how much of a struggle it was for her in what was predominantly, a mans world, to make it big. She loves her friends a family and you can tell she enjoyed telling some of the tales that she told in this book, even if It was a massive effort to sit down and write it! I would recommend this book to anyone, it would make a fantastic present for someone who doesn't normally read because it is just such an easy book to get into and makes you want to get to the end before even moving again. 

Sorry this has been such a short review but it was just a lovely autobiography! 

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