Dawn French, number one bestselling 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.
Praise for the book
'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
The eponymous Silvia of this darkly comic novel, the second from popular British comedienne French, lies in a coma after a fall from her balcony. Each chapter features a visitor to her bedside, including Ed, her banally silly ex-husband; Jo, her frighteningly silly sister; Cat, her "best best ever friend" (self-described); Winnie, her good-hearted Jamaican nurse; Tia, her not-so-good-hearted East Asian housekeeper; and her estranged adult children, Jamie and Cassie. Their musings, elliptically, relate how Silvia came to be lying in a coma in a hospital somewhere in England, and, more tellingly, reveal something of the visitors' own lives. With a couple of exceptions (Winnie and Jamie), those lives are maddeningly inane: Ed tries (and predictably fails) to kill himself; Cat can't believe Silvia doesn't share her romantic feelings; and Jo is an "unhinged woman with acres of confidence, which is a worrisome combination." All three make the novel an uneasy, uneven mixture of farce and pathos, but it's funny and, occasionally, impressively well written. One section, about Jamie's experience in Afghanistan, is particularly fine, but very much at odds with the otherwise slapstick tone.
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Oh Dear Silvia
This was such a beautifully written book, so poignant, so real, I loved every moment even when crying like a baby!!
Beautifully funny.. And touchingly sad
There was moment I simply couldn't help but laugh and others that I had to cry. It is so different to Dawn's previous book. This one is equally clever though, and has the trade mark of insightful observations of human character and the unexpected twists in plot.
I loved it