Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs, by Jennifer Saunders

Staff Review by Chris Saliba

Jennifer Saunders gives her take on life, friendship and family in this light and amusing memoir.

At last Jennifer Saunders has written a book. The brilliant comedy mind behind Ab Fab and French and Saunders gives us a view into her personal life and unorthodox working methods.

Right from the outset, we are warned not to expect shock revelations and tales of childhood misery. Ms Saunders has had it pretty good, she’ll let you know, thank-you very much. When bad times do hit, Saunders has an attitude of simply getting on with it and not fussing.

Overall this memoir is a mix between the styles of P. G. Wodehouse and Nancy Mitford. The tone is light and the book is full of fun, nonsense dialogue with comedy partners Dawn French, Ruby Wax and Joanna Lumley.

All of these antics aside, Saunders has a solid core of common sense. Fame and fortune don’t bring happiness, and the best laughter of all is the type you get with family and friends.

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs, by Jennifer Saunders. Published by Viking. ISBN: 9780241001561  $39.99