Sunday, 4 September 2011

A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French

Mo Battle is about to turn the big 50 and she is having a mid-life panic. She is fed up with her life that is the same, day in day out, she is a wife and mother to two teenagers, Dora who is seventeen and has self-esteem problems and holds her mum responsible for everything going wrong in her life and Peter who truly believes he is Oscar Wilde, his hero. Mo’s husband is not saying much and is keeping very quiet.

Mo is prepared to do something completely different to bring change to her dull life and which is a big step away from being a wife and mum. She is taking a huge risk regardless of the consequences that it can cause her family, either driving them apart or pulling them closer together.

This is a really funny novel from the well known comedienne Dawn French. This is Dawn’s first novel and it is written from each of the characters own points of view and we get to see the ups and downs of family life and the different relationships and feelings they have for each other. I am a parent to two teenagers myself and the observation of teenage behaviour is spot on and anyone who are parents to teenage children will relate to this book and how true to life it is.  Dawn is well known for making people laugh and she does not disappoint with this book and its great wit. 

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