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Because of You: The bestselling Richard & Judy book club pick Audio CD – Unabridged, 15 October 2020

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  • Publisher : Penguin Books Ltd; Unabridged edition (15 October 2020)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 1405929316
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1405929318
  • Dimensions : 13.8 x 2.3 x 14.2 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,731 ratings

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An extraordinary book - sad, heartening, gripping and reassuringly human -- Jo Brand

Gorgeous . . . wise and sad and full of loveMarian Keyes

IncredibleRussell Brand

Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head onGuardian

Harrowing but uplifting . . . It is a book about mistakes, regret, forgiveness and unconditional loveDaily Mirror

Fans who have waited five long years for French's fourth novel won't be disappointed: Because Of You is a book with a beating heart, a story told with warmth and verveDaily Express

Moving . . . French's best yetGood Housekeeping

The final scenes are so perfectly executed they almost broke my heart. Because of You is a story to cherishSunday Express

Told with French's unfailing wit and warmth, Because Of You is the tale of family bonds and the mother-daughter relationships that ultimately make us who we areIndependent

Brilliant . . . a moving read that will stay with you long after you've finished the last pageCloser

A fantastic page-turnerMail on Sunday

Beautifully observedThe Times

Wise and poignant, Because of You is a story about mothers and daughter, love and loss, mistakes and regrets, and family bondsEastern Daily Press

French always writes so melodically about the truth of human nature . . . French manages to pick your heart up with the nib of her pen and slowly pull it apart, heart-wrenchingly, page by page . . . A true writing talentMy Weekly

An emotionally charged story - and a heartbreaking twist at the endHello!

A warmly told story about the bond between mothers and daughtersEvening Standard

Warm, witty and wise . . . I raced throughDaily Mail

A powerful and emotional bookGood Housekeeping

A bright, brilliant and heartbreaking tale of two mothers, two babies and the far-reaching consequences of one fateful dayYahoo! Style

A beautifully powerful story about mothers, family and sacrificeSun

An uplifting story about mothers and daughters and familial relationships, in which two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters on the same nightWoman & Home

Arresting page-turnerBest

A novel her fans are sure to loveWoman's Weekly

A story of love, identity and belongingi

Heartbreaking and humorous in equal measuresBoundless

A bouncy, comedy drama. Funny, poignant and bursting with joie de vivreDaily Mail

A thought-provoking read . . . shows the true extent of motherly lovePublishers Association

Dawn French moves between the aftermath of that fateful night and 18 years later, when the explosive impact of Hope's actions is finally feltDaily Express

Because Of You is a tale told with warmth by a storyteller who never takes herself too seriouslySunday Express

A tantalising story of motherhood told with Dawn French's signature warmthSainsbury's Magazine

As ever, even in the darkest of times, Dawn has found humour to inject into her novelBest

A brilliant bookGood Housekeeping

The life-affirming and unmissable new novelEastern Daily Press

Praise for Dawn French-

Hilarious and brilliantWoman & Home

I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly written. I loved it all

Witty and wise, it'll have you burning the midnight oil. A crackerWoman's Weekly

Very funny and packs an emotional clout. Brilliant! ― Heat

An enlightening and feel-good read offering a fresh look at life and how to embrace it. Funny and enjoyable to the endWe Love This Book

There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the betterExpress

Another hilarious novel! ― Bella

French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeedIndependent

Wise and poignantBeyond the Joke

Heart-warmingChoice Magazine

I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly written. I loved it all -- Marian Keyes, Bestselling Author of ― The Break

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 Saunders, The Vicar of Dibley, Jam 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.

Dawn French was born in Wales in 1957. She trained to be a drama teacher at London's Central School of Speech and Drama where she met Jennifer Saunders, leading to one of the most successful partnerships in British comedy. Dawn French has numerous television credits to her name, the most notable of which is her role in The Vicar of Dibley. She was married to the comedian Lenny Henry for 26 years with whom she has a daughter. In 2013 French married Mark Bignell.

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I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!

This was one of my hotly anticipated October releases and oh my it did not disappoint.
At the turn of the millennium two women give birth on the same ward but only one leaves with a baby. Fast forward 18 years and as the story unwinds your heart will swell and break with equal measure.
WARNING - This book causes leaky eye syndrome 😢 and I highly advise not having a mouthful of tea when you get to “the full cactus” bit - I nearly ruined my book 🤦🏻‍♀️
I love Dawn French and just about everything she does and I stand in solidarity with her on the whole #jamfirst debacle 😂 Her novels are exquisite and if you haven’t read anything of hers yet I’d highly recommend any and all of them.
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