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The Twat Files by Dawn French : a review

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book cover for The Twat Files by Dawn French.  At the top of the cover a typewriter has a piece of paper in with the word 'twat' visible.  The title is in pink and author name in black

The Twat Files by Dawn French

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Michael Joseph; 1st edition (12 Oct. 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241477484
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241477489
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The Twat Files Summary

A hugely-relatable, funny, honest and inspirational ‘memoir of sorts’ in which Dawn celebrates what it means to be gloriously, messily human.

When I was younger I wanted to be an interesting, sophisticated, semi-heroic, multi-layered person.

BUT.

That kind of perfect is impossible. Being an actual twat is much more the real me. Sorry to boast, but I am a champion twat.

In The Twat Files I will tell you about all the times I’ve been a total and utter twat. The moments where I’ve misunderstood stuff and messed up. In my life these have been key because:

Mistakes tell us about ourselves.
Mistakes tell us about others.
Mistakes are hilarious.
Mistakes expose our flaws.
Mistakes show us ourselves honestly.
Mistakes are gloriously human.

My hope is that these stories might fire up yer engines to remind you of just what a massive twat you also are.

Let’s celebrate and revel in this most delightful of traits together.

That would be perfectly twatty.

The Twat Files Review

The Twat Files by Dawn French is a hilarious peek into all the times in her life that she has been (as she puts it) a massive twat. The title is what made me want to read this and being familiar with Dawn’s work through the years I expected this book to be funny, insightful, and downright entertaining. I wasn’t wrong!

Starting with some ‘twattish’ moments from her childhood (the story about the ageing pony and the saddle secured by tractor tyres made me laugh) then moving through to her teenage years and adulthood she documents all the incidences where she has behaved like a ‘twat’, made mistakes and embarrassed herself. By sharing those moments and laughing about them they are no less excruciating but much more acceptable as we all make mistakes and as she says ‘no regrets’.

This is a great read! I read it in a couple of sittings it’s that good. I loved the (un-shameless) name dropping too, and her voice really shines through – you can tell it’s Dawn telling the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this and am recommending everyone read it to add some joy and make them feel better about their own twattish behaviour!

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About the Author

Dawn French has been making people laugh for 30 years. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of this country’s most long-running and celebrated shows, including French and SaundersThe Vicar of DibleyJam and Jerusalem, and more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In. Her first three novels, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Oh Dear Silvia and According to YES, are all Sunday Times bestsellers.

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