Step Out of Your Story hFor those unfamiliar with Jennifer Saunders she is a comedy legend Starting off as onealf of the iconic duo of French and Saunders with fellow The Eyes of the Dead hilarious woman Dawn French she went on to create the eually as iconic fictional duo of Patsy and Eddy in the series Absolutely Fabulous To this day Saunders is still working with French and producing comedy skits and only last year the movie of AbFab came out These are by far what she is most famous for but that s not even mentioning all the other work sheas done over the years She Rules for a Lady has been in many TV shows andas worked in many movies although the movies tend to either be bit parts or voice over workThis audiobook was wonderful to listen to As a Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles huge Jennifer Saunders fan and of comedy in general I loved listening toer tell the story of ABC her life I loved the fun tales ofer childhood the exciting adventures of Odd Man In her teens and early 20 s the way she stumbled into comedyer friendship with Dawn French and Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale how it started andow it Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children has grown over the yearser friendship with Joanna Lumley and Carlyle Marney how their first meeting went the development of the French and Saunders act and Absolutely Fabulous There were so many fascinating snippets abouter work life and Shameful her personal life and abouter work itself She even told funny stories about er time working on Shrek 2 that s right she s the Fairy Godmother There was name dropping in the book but none of it felt unnecessary or gratuitous At no point did it feel like she was using it to show off she was just telling it like it is As someone that as worked with so many celebrities over the years it would ve been nearly impossible for Sacred Landscapes her to tell stories abouter work and life without mentioning some namesOne of my favourite things that I discovered about Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, her while listening to this book was the fact she is a procrastinator As someone thatas spent their entire life procrastinating it gave me a lot of Gold Rush hope for my future She s also such a laidback person and I love it She comes across as a veryappy go lucky type of person and those people are my favouritesOverall this book was informative and funny Her wit and Girl Reporter humour shone through in every story and I thoroughly enjoyed my listening experience I know I say this with pretty much every autobiography but it remains true that I think this is a book that is much better when listened to Her tone and voice make the book better than it probably would be just in writing and makes theumour come across as it should as well There is a particular segment towards the end where she talks about yoghurt adverts and I was nearly in tears from laughing so Hunted hard Prior to reading this Iad no particular feeling about Jennifer Saunders I vaguely remembered thinking she was uite funny in French Saunders years ago but that was about itUnfortunately for Saunders Gingerbread Heart her book is by turns dull annoying insipid and incoherent Sheas an irritatin abit of droppin the letter g and often she seems to be writin fer yer in er best pirate accent fer no particular reasonThis book also be stuffed with faxes from and to some of Biz Talk-2 her famous pals and I m thinkin that s down toer bein unable to fill er word count Many o the faxes be also written in pirate She lost me entirely with a tale about bein commissioned and flown over to India by Goldie Hawn to write a screen play fer er and then subseuently bein too lazy to actually write said screen play This is followed by what fer A Historical Atlas of Tibet her and then subseuently bein too lazy to actually write said screen play This is followed by what but faxes tellin Goldie the screen play is comin and beggin Goldie not toate The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, herJust a bit of blue sky thinkingere why didn t she just write the damn thing as she agreed she would or return the deposit and apologise for wasting timeBecause the other way she comes across is as moany entitled weirdly unambitious and or less #completely lacking in redeemin featuresYar mateys I be sorry I ever picked up #lacking in redeemin featuresYar mateys I be sorry I ever picked up waste of time book and even sorrier to see the Italian Warships Of World War II high reviews othersave given "It Whatever Charm Anyone Else Saw In "Whatever charm anyone else saw in Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) has utterly bypassed me Very enjoyable listen So glad I chose to read it via audible because Jennifer Saunders narration really does bring this book to life There is so much in this book I didn t know but my favourite parts were when she was taking abouter friendships especially those with Dawn French and Joanna Lumley Wonderful stories all round Jennifer Saunders is so very relatable view spoiler Bettie s Books Critical Social Theory and the End of Work hide spoiler Juneas been a shit month for me First on June 9th my comic The Traps hero Rik Mayall passed away Then two days later my Nan so I was in need of some serious laughs to pull me from the depths of despairI started watching The Young Ones again and then mum bought me this book in keeping with the theme Thanks mum This was a blast I ve always liked Jennifer Saunders but knew little abouter away from Ab Fab and Simple Wicca her on screen persona I was excited to discover only earlier this year that she is married to Ade Edmondson Vyvyan from The Young Ones andas been since 85 so I knew immediately that I d Protect Your Purity have to likeer outside of Theatre Histories her career too This autobiography is superb with none of the pomposity and exclusion you get with usual celeb bio reads My favourite sections are the throw backs toer Comic Strip days with The Young Ones boys and co and what it was like being a comedian in the 70s 80s I envy that lifestyle intensely it must ve been wonderful performing with such a tight talented groupSaunders is genuinely witty and crams Waterloo her fun and colourful life story with awesome anecdotes and insights and never EVER stops to feel sorry forerself when things go wrong which is something I admire as I d imagine it would be tempting to evoke sympathy in the usual autobiography format esp Jen who Yobo had cancerHer freuent forays into procrastination areilariously evident in The Last Runaway her tendency to get distracted and jump between events in the book buter jumbled storytelling only enhances the lively readSeeing as I devoured this book in two days It s a must read For die Sanctuary (The New World Series, hard fans of Saunders or just fans of British comedy this is a gorgeous funny read get it now This was like taking a moneyshot facial of closure for me and I loved it Perhaps I should explainFor years nay decades now I ve been a fan of Jennifer Saunderser it show Absolutely Fabulousand the myriad of satellite projects revolving about er especially the work she did with Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) her comedy partner Dawn FrenchBefore that I was a fan of the 80s British tv series The You. Jennifer Saunders' comic creationsave brought joy to millions From Comic Strip to Comic Relief from Bolly swilling Edina in Ab Fab to Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories her takes on Madonna or Mamma Miaer characters are Inside the Hornets Head household namesBut it's Jennifererself who Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey has a place in all ourearts This is er funny moving and frankly bonkers memoir fi. .
Er talked about it That s basically Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., how I grew up as wellWhile reading the book I watched some ofer work on Youtube Absolutely Fabulous was a comedy series which she wrote for Phoebe’s Fair Valentine (Oh. My. Gods., herself and Joanna Lumley Chaotic vulgar and a brilliant send up of the fashion industry and followers Satirical genius Girls On Top was justilariously funny and so absolutely deliciously British as we all got to know the British situation comedies around the world Yes millions of people from a multitude of countries grew up with it If you enjoyed Faulty Towersan old series from 1975 to 1979 you will love this series from the 2005Here is a list of all The Ground beneath her Feet her work as writer and comedianhttpswwwtvguidecomcelebritiesjI cannot say I adored the experience but both the videos and the book plunged me into another world of light and laughter It is rare nowadays to read something a normal person dares to write Her children might appreciate this book for sure Myself and everyone who remembers the Seventies and Eighties might stake a claim to the same memories with a big smile and perhaps a few wicket giggles I am at the age when mostly what I do is stretch and take glucosamine and complain about the noise my joints make as I walk upstairs It s so loud I sometimesave to stop because I think someone is following me She appreciated the era in which life was simple It was the eighties We Killer Pancake / The Cereal Murders had our own shows got marriedad children wore shoulder pads Lo Que la Reina Quiere (Sexys Cuentos de Hadas Al Revés nº 1) hung out with Bananarama and conseuently got fairly drunk on occasion We wore baggy shirts buttoned up to the neck andigh waisted jeans We discovered the Groucho Club and could actually afford the drinks We took part in the Secret Policeman s Ball and William Gibson hung out with the Pythons This was in the days before celebritiesad been invented people just did their jobs and got cabs Nancy Drake home Noangers on No PRsJust look at Band Aid Band Aid You wouldn t be able to do that now Bob Geldof just rang up a bunch of Bandbox his friends asked them to sing a song for starving Ethiopians they said yes put on a leather jacket jumped in their cars went to the studio or Wembleyad a few drinks danced around a bit in the sunshine Everglades (Doc Ford Mystery, had a few drinksad a laugh and then drove themselves Kicking It (Alex Craft, home But now can you imagine It would take about 4 million people about 4 million years to plan and there would be absurd amounts of entourages and dressing rooms and Tweeting Not in the eighties In the eighties life was bloody great Also bear in mind that Britsave a different approach to Homeport humor than Americans Ricky Gervais sums it up in an article by saying It s often dangerous to generalize but under threat I would say that Americans are down the line They don tide their Sapphamire (Dragons of Dragonose hopes and fears They applaud ambition and openly reward success Brits are comfortable with life s losers We embrace the underdog until it s no longer the underdog We like to bring authority down a peg or two Just for theell of it Americans say The Donovan Legacy (Donovans have a nice day whether they mean it or not Brits are terrified to say this We tell ourselves it s because we don t want to sound insincere but I think it might be for the opposite reason We don t want to celebrate anything too soon Failure and disappointment lurk around every corner This is due to our upbringing Americans are brought up to believe they can be the next president of the United States Brits are told It won tappen for you This can sometimes be perceived as nasty if the recipients aren "t used to it It isn t It s play fighting It s almost a sign "used to it It isn t It s play fighting It s almost a sign affection if we like you and ego bursting if we don t You just Breaking Down (The Garage, have to know which one it is As for cynicism I don t care for it much I m a romantic From The Office and Extras to The Invention Of Lying and Cemetery Junction goodness and sweetnessonour and truth love and friendship always triumphFor me umanity is kingOh and for the record I d rather a waiter say Have a nice day and not mean it than ignore me and mean itWe once was a British colony and we all got to love the British umor It might explain my own infatuation with the underdogs of life I m always rooting for them Oh urting someone s sensibilities is so off the table You either can take it or you can t get over yourself That s the kind of umor I truly adore British by design Jennifer Saunders ain t no underdog but she also blew a Passionate Kisses Boxed Set horn for them all througher work I absolutely love and appreciate thatSo four stars it is Just for memory s sake Jennifer Saunders Destiny and Power half of the French and Saunders comedy team and creator of the Absolutely Fabulous TV series is a deeply private person with a vast English reserve Yes it s difficult to believe that the woman who spent most ofer Ab Fab screen time outrageously drunk and arse over knickers is truly shy to the point she s virtually unable to discuss My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, her personal life in an autobiography which by its very nature is a deeply personal document Her reticence andesitation to delve too deeply into The Café Book her own personalistory create a bit of an odd duck of a book which while not particularly illuminating is still a fun readSaunders is willing to share safe talk show friendly anecdotes about Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, how she met Dawn French the creation of several but not all ofer comedy projects er trips abroad She s utterly unwilling to talk about er wooing of and subseuent marriage to Adrian Edmondson or to Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies her recent three year battle with breast cancer as she s obviously comfortable with light cocktail chatter in the guise of a memoirBut that s okay As she points out after an incident in which she confronts paparazzi who invadeer family s privacy deep in the rural solitude where they ve made a ome Saunders never chased the spotlight or angled for red carpet appearances She merely wished to be left alone to write and act and create er much loved comedies Let s be grateful to those Shalias Diary (Shalias Diary, have givener imagination free reign for the last thirty years even if Scruples Two her characters are infinitely outrageous than their originator ander not tell much biography From BBC radio 4 Book #of the weekAward winning comedian Jennifer Saunders reads What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, her funnyonest and touching memoirJennifer Saunders #the weekAward winning comedian Jennifer Saunders reads Carl Hiaasen Collection her funnyonest and touching memoirJennifer Saunders been making us laugh for three decades and is best known for the long running sketch show French and Saunders which she co wrote and starred in with Silver Tower / Strike Force / Shadow Command her comedy partner Dawn French Later she created the worldwideit series Absolutely Fabulous in which she also played champagne swilling Edina Monsoon She Explosive Acts has won three BAFTAs inc. E's cancer too when she becomes 'Brave Jen' Buter biggest battle is with the bane of Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, her life the Laws of Procrastination As she admits 'Thereas never been a Plan Everything Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria has been fairly randomappened by accident or just fallen into place I'm off now to do some sweeping'Prepare to chuckle whoop and go BONKER.
FREE READ Bonkers By Jennifer SaundersNg Onesand when I realized both women ad appeared in episodes of that show I wanted to know ow that came about Later I would discover the show Girls On Top and wonder where that fit in it being so very much like The Young Ones and Two Reels And A Crank how was it Tracy Ullman was a part of that project I deard through the grapevine that Saunders and Young Ones star Adrian Edmondson were married Was that before during or after they met in the 80s Did they meet in the 80s or was there prior Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, history These are all inconseuential uestions that only a fan would give a shit about and that s the target of Bonkers My Life in Laughs and itits the markThe first alf of the book is about those early days when Saunders was scrounging about for something to do with er life and Dawn French fell into The Camping Cookbook her lap They were fortunate enough to come along at a time when a comedy troupe was in need of a female act and thus they met The Young Ones gang In these glorious for a fanboy pages Bonkers is illuminated with theelp of a good many photographs many of my uestions were answered Wonderful coincidences abound Familiar faces pop up left and right Hilarious anecdotes explode across the page at regular intervals It was this first Absalom, Absalom! half of the book thatad me ready and willing to and over a 5 star rating and many a grand HUZZAHThe second alf Black Stone had me reeling that rating back in and stifling my enthusiasm But I wasn t surprised Right at the start Saunders admits she might notave the necessary baggage and skeletons in the closet that would bring On Liberty her memoir up to the rollercoaster ride tear jerker level of autobios often churned out by celebrities and such these days Saundersas lived a fairly normal life all things considered She prefers a low key life Not a terrible lot of terrible things No Way Down haveappened to Pulled Thread Embroidery her This is not to say sheasn t English Humour for Beginners hader share of trials but either they aren t that dramatic or she does an excellent job of under dramatizing them The second Absolutely on Music half of the book isn t bad it s just that it didn tave me all wrapped up in it as the first The Ransom of Mercy Carter half did I was a little worried though because at one point Saunders actually begins talking about writing this book You know you ve run out of things to say when things turn meta like that Thankfully she jumps off that wayward wagon before it crashes As far as autobios go this is probably only worth two or three stars at most for the writing and content I ve read interesting memoirs that were dragged down by poor writing and since Saunders can string along a decent sentence thisas that going for it But if you re not already a big ol girly drooling fan of Gone for Good hers I d skip this and suggest you tackleer tv performances first Guilt ridden admission This was my Homer bowling ball gift to my wife this Christmas Not that she isn t also a big Saunders fan but I bought this book for Lallieva (Alice Allevi, her for selfish reasons I wanted to read it The blurb says Bonkers My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders theilarious touching life story of the iconic comedian and national treasure Jennifer Saunders comic creations ave brought joy to millions From Comic Strip to Comic Relief from Bolly swilling Edina in Ab Fab to er takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia I supposed if you work for the publishing company you aren t going to write a blurb that says anything less But for me at least the book was neither ilarious nor touching It was kind Of Ordinary A Bit Boring ordinary a bit boring an ok read I don t think Jennifer who I agree is an iconic comedian and national treasure did erself justice at all Some autobiographies are full of self praise and move from the ighs of achievement to the lows of funny stories where you are supposed to feel sympathy with the author through the "middle ground of solid working to get where they Jennifer Saunders is "ground of solid working to get where they Jennifer Saunders is of those people who did not want to stand out in a crowd but did just because life was a series of accidents in which everything just fell into place for er She never wanted to display any character or personalityin public interviews red carpets you name itI m not sure why I read this book Probably because curiosity tend to kill the cat and it was just a perfect opportunity to push my Reiki And The Seven Chakras head into a darkole and see what s in there I did not know who Jennifer Saunders was and after closing the book I wonder why this book was ever written in the first place What was the purpose of Turning the Tide of Battle having to say nothing and then say it anyway by someone who simultaneously adored the attention whileating it with a passion as well She is shy attaching I Curse the River of Time herself toer self confident outrageously funny friends to survive the limelight As an individual she prefers privacy and silence to write and perform Nevertheless Jennifer Saunders introduced Women s Lib on the comedy scene when no women graced the stages in the Seventees and Eightees Together with Dawn French and Joanna Lumley and as as a writer and performer she became a much loved and treasured icon of British television Her most successful shows were the comedies and series she wrote for Once I Was a Princess herself ander friends It always worked when she could form part of a duo The first part of Court the Night (Blood Bonds, her memory soupad me laughing from time to time The second Greed, Seeds and Slavery half was mediocre and frankly dull Name dropping galore with a few tidbits of behind the scene information about famous friends and non friends However she is too much of a good person to really indulge in the juicy scandals that might upset the rocker With that said I enjoyeder nerve to tell a story of
A Normal Person Growing Upnormal person growing up the Mr Bean idiom of accidental Demons, Deliverance, Discernment hilarity throughouter personal life The title is perfect Where others tend to dish out the sorrows and tragedies of their lives in autobiographies she preferred to remember the Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki Summary Study Guide hilariously funny side ofer life Her public life Her personal life is strictly off limits although she dabble a bit in Well Meet Again her idyllic childhood Iave been told that publishers these days like a particular type of memoir They like a little bit of misery They like a mis mem Well I m afraid I ave ad very little mis in my life and nowadays I If I Never See You Again (Jo Birmingham have even less mem So we can knock that one on theead Her father drilled into their eads that they should never take themselves too seriously although you are allowed to be serious just never become pompous It shows in er approach to A Night on the Tiles her own life story as well aser work Thus The House That Jesus Built her life was uncomplicated peaceful full of animals They were a close family but nev. Lled with laughter friends and occasionaleartache but never miseryBONKERS is full of riotous adventures accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French bluffing er way to each BBC series shooting Lulu trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie HawnTher. .