A Tiny Bit Marvellous is comedian Dawn French's hilarious pageturner.
Everyone hates the perfect family. So you'll love the Battles. Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two helpless, hormonal teenagers.
There's 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, everything and Peter who believes he's quite simply as darling and marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde.
Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad...who's just, well...Dad.
However, Mo is having a crisis. She's about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice.
Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other?
A Tiny Bit Marvellous is the number one bestselling novel from one of Britain's favourite comic writers.
Praise for A Tiny Bit Marvellous: "Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended.
A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant." (Wendy Holden). "A fantastic slam-dunk page turner. Funny, enriching...page after page I laughed out loud." (Mail on Sunday). "Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page." (The Times). "A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life." (Woman and Home).
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 08/01/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141046341
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Review by paulmorriss
Each chapter is told by one of the members of the family at the heart of this story. The husband has one chapter, so the remaining three have the rest. It's a bit of a shock to the system to have a mind-meld with these three different characters. Once you get over that though, it's a good ride through the events of their life.I thought, "she makes a good author as well as an actress", but of course she's been writing for years. The ending is quite satisfying, so well worth reading through for. I wonder if part of the book is a bit autobiographical - it will be interesting to see how the next one comes out.
Review by pamjw
The story of the Battle family, Mo, Dad, Dora and Peter.I found it very hard to get into, very bitty at the begining with very short diary style entries. The book, for me, improved as those entries got longer. Some parts were hilarious, some sad, so I suppose it had all the right elements. It was very difficult to not read Mo as Dawn French, but that's no bad thing!
Review by charlottejones952
The plot of this book was quite confusing at first as the story is told from the point of view of three different members of the Battle family who are all going through different things. Although it took a while to get into, I began to really like certain characters and look forward to their chapters over others. The plot itself was quite simple throughout, until the end, where I was genuinely surprised. Some reviews I have read have said that they found the ending predictable but I personally found it a perfect finish to this type of book. I don't usually get drawn to books like this, and other than John Green, I haven't really read any contemporary fiction, but knowing Dawn French from her comedy and television career, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of her as an author.<br/><br/>The characters were all very compelling and I think that telling a story from all these different perspectives would attract different types of reader. All of the characters were very caricatured but I think that this was necessary for this kind of novel.<br/><br/>Mo did not interest me at all at first. I found her to be quite boring and dull and just the run-of-the-mill mother in this book, but then I realised that this is why her storyline became so interesting. I began to gradually look forward to her chapters and was genuinely interested in her story.<br/><br/>Dora was hilarious but slightly annoying. I found the swearing and the ridiculous insults that she came out with really funny but overall, I think she acted and sounded a lot younger than seventeen throughout this book. However, I did really like Dora and I like that she was the typical angsty teenager. <br/><br/>Oscar/Peter was an interesting character, mostly because I didn't really understand his character until about half way through the book, where he became much more rounded as a person rather than just a flamboyant accessory to the rest of the story.<br/><br/>Husband, to me was a really interesting character. This is mostly because you don't even know his name until literally the last word of the book and he is a mystery even though you know certain things about him from the other characters. I think that overall he was the most well rounded character even though he is only ever addressed as Husband, and even in the one chapter written from his point of view, he is called Dad, which I thought was really appropriate for the content and events that take place in that particular chapter. <br/><br/>Pamela was also interesting, if not unusual for a grandmother. She was very down to earth and liked baking cakes, and her nursing background was evident throughout the novel.<br/><br/>The writing in this book was really interesting. Each of the main characters, Mo, Dora and Oscar, spoke in a completely different fashion; Dora was erratic with her language, speaking with a lot of swearing and slang, with some sections being scripts of instant messaging, Mo was more correct but still a believable character, and Oscar, through his obsession with Oscar Wilde and his flamboyancy, spoke in a more poetic way. I think that this helped differentiate between the characters and helped you, as the reader, to not confuse them at all.<br/><br/>Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars as I think it was a very interesting read but it took me a while to get into. I really loved the ending and the way that it was written, paired with the bright characters.