Review of 'A Tiny Bit Marvellous'

A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French

a_tiny_bit_marvellous.jpg The Battles are an unusual family with a teenager, Dora, who is just about to reach 18 hating (deeply) her mother Mo who, is reaching 50 herself is finding the thrill of being attracted to a man from work who seems to feel the same way…The son, Peter, who has developed a bit of a fascination for Oscar Wilde, insisting on calling himself “Oscar”. With this lot the father barely gets a look-in…

A fun, light read from the comedian Dawn French. Told in alternating chapters by different members of the family we can see the differing perspectives as events unfold. Much of what is said here hits squarely on the mark making me often feel, as a reader, uncomfortable to see how misunderstandings occur and events unfold. I think it is a fairly honest perspective on family relationships though it is, frankly, biased towards the female side of the family with the male side often relegated to the sidelines (excepting, of course, Oscar's amusing musings).

This is certainly worth a look-in if you are looking for something a bit more than farce but amusing nonetheless.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2015-08-14

Genre: General Fiction

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN: 9781444808681

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