Summary

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.
©2013 Jennifer Saunders (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Vicuña on 20-10-13

Jennifer Saunders is comedy genius

If you could sum up Bonkers in three words, what would they be?

Laugh out loud funny, genuinely moving and unexpectedly warm. Loved it immensely.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bonkers?

There are many but I loved the early account of racing around London with friend JoBo. The basis of more than one of her comedy sketches were seeded there!

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Saunders’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Jennifer's narration added to the comedy a number of times.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Funny, warm and moving.

Any additional comments?

Self deprecating and honest.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mark Holmes on 13-11-13

Ab Fab

What made the experience of listening to Bonkers the most enjoyable?

'Bonkers' exemplifies the reason why I love listening to authors reading their autobiographies; more specifically, Comedians. Because she's feeling the emotion of the event she's describing and because she possesses great comic timing, the overall effect is immeasurably better than if read by a hired actor.

It goes without saying that the audiobook is, at times, embarrassingly laugh-out-load funny ;walking down the street hooting to yourself is, of course, a sign of madness. Be prepared to get funny looks if you're listening to this in public.

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 05-03-14

Brilliant!

Where does Bonkers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A great listen, one of the best.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bonkers?

When Jennifer reads the faxes sent from Joanna Lumley. I honestly cried laughing.

What about Jennifer Saunders’s performance did you like?

This book was made brilliant by Jennifer being the narrator. Her style of delivery would have been lost if I'd just read the book. Her ability to put the character rightin your ears was marvellous.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh A LOT. I also wept a tear or two when she recounted her experiences with breast cancer. It was obvious that despite her "putting a brave face on it" that it was a horrid time for her but she came through with love and laughter.

Any additional comments?

This book will cheer you. I ended up driving 800 kilometres over two days so that I could listen to this book. I had a marvellous time....thank you Ms Saunders!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Trevor on 13-03-16

Lovely and from the heart

A very easy informative and entertaining memoir. Loved it from one of our British comedy greats.

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