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.
Really enjoyed this book. Funny and serious combined in a very clever way. Very addictive to read. Finished it very quickly. Looking forward to reading another one of dawns books.
An emotional masterpiece
I'm not ashamed to say that I am lying in bed crying my eyes out after finishing this book. Dawn French has created an emotional masterpiece that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride that really delivers. Each of the characters is beautifully written, and the story unfolds at a brilliant pace. Absolutely recommended to anyone who has a mother, a dysfunctional family, or a heart.
Oh dear Silvia
I thought this was the most stupid book I have ever read. A total waste of money. Certainly wont buy any more if they are like this. Dawn is using her name to get people to buy it - rubbish