A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French
Release date: 23 November 2010 (in Canada)
Everyone hates the perfect family. So you'll love the Battles. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn't understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologists, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey. Inside and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children. Dora is about to hit the big 18...and about to hit anyone who annoys her, especially her precocious younger brother Peter who has a chronic Oscar Wilde fixation. Then there's Dad...who's just, well, dad. A Tiny Bit Marvellous is the story of a modern family all living in their own separate bubbles lurching towards meltdown. It is for anyone who ever shared a home with that weird group of strangers we call relations. Oh and there's a dog. Called Poo.
I love Dawn French. I absolutely love French and Saunders (they created my all-time favourite television show - Absolutely Fabulous.) She was so funny in Vicar of Dibley. And her biography, Dear Fatty, was wonderfully written, hilarious and honest. So when I heard that she was writing a novel I was very excited. The description sounds great and she is so funny, so I have high hopes for this one!