Oh Dear Silvia

Oh Dear Silvia

Book - 2012
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Penguin Putnam
Dawn French, number one bestelling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous returns with Oh Dear Silvia. Everyone knows the real Silvia, don't they? Silvia Shute lies in hospital in a coma. Family and friends gather at her bedside, each thinking they know the real Silvia. But do they? For Silvia hides a secret. One she can never tell. And as her visitors congregate so the truth about Silvia is slowly revealed. Again, and again and again . . . Oh Dear Silvia is the brand new novel from one of Britain's most loved comic writers and the number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous. 'Hilarious. My top book . . .' The Times 'Side-splitting, darkly humorous' Heat 'Written with serious intent, both literary and thematically: Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian

Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, c2012
ISBN: 9780718156077
Branch Call Number: FIC FRE
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,22 cm.

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pozrob
Nov 03, 2017

This is exactly the novel I would expect from one of Britcom's royalty. A book about a serious subject matter with just enough comic relief to find yourself laughing out loud. However, I don't know what compels a writer to feel the need to phonetically lay out on the page, word for word, syllable by syllable, a foreign or regional accent. In this case, a Jamaican nurse and an Indonesian housekeeper. We get the gist. Makes the reading a little tedious. Having said that, I would still recommend this book.

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madd1
Oct 26, 2017

I learned so much about Silvia and she never spoke. The important people in her life give such a good description of their feelings towards her. It really showed how we each can have our actions misunderstood. I definitely would recommend this book.

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Kimkhb
Jul 03, 2014

A beautifully written story about family, death, craziness. I was surprised at how good a writer Dawn French is, though I shouldn't have been, given the brilliance of her comedic talents.

This book made howl with laughter and weep deeply.

Highly highly recommend.

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LDZ2
Jun 05, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. It bounced from narrator to narrator, each revealing a little bit more about Silvia and at times allowing the reader to connect the dots. There are some truly funny scenes as well, that only Dawn French could come up with. Overall, the book was much more serious that I thought it would be.

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