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Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders - the hilarious, touching life story of the iconic comedian and national treasure

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names.

But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends and occasional heartache - but never misery.

BONKERS is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn.

There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination. As she admits, 'There has never been a Plan. Everything has been fairly random, happened by accident or just fallen into place. I'm off now, to do some sweeping...'
Prepare to chuckle, whoop, and go BONKERS.

Biographies & Memoirs
10 October
Penguin Books Ltd
Penguin Books Limited

Customer Reviews

OutStandley ,


What an interesting and honest read. Probably the 3rd novel I've read in my life! It's a patience thing! Thank you for sharing. I found once getting close to the end that there was a bit of a speed up, like maybe a bit of procrastination kicked in along the way and then, let's finish writing this book already ☺️ happened!!! Cheers :0)

nowonmai ,

'Twas good!

I love Jennifer Saunders. It's not a deep read but it is a fun one. Buy it, you definitely won't wish you hadn't.

Keen to Cook ,


I enjoyed the life stories and sense of humour that revealed many personal values that I respect and hold dear myself. I also have a whippet puppy and I understand how they help with the healing process and your sanity! I thank you for sharing. I have been to your show in Australia and have always enjoyed a good laugh that Dawn and yourself provide humongously! Yes permission to reuse this word. Keep sweeping cheers, Lynette Mary Raymond

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