Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders


By Jennifer Saunders

  • Release Date: 2013-10-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 127 Ratings
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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.


  • Interesting

    By 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)
  • Bonkers

    By 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

    By Beetle22
    A very enjoyable read - relaxing, not the overly focused on factual recounting, but more on the emotional memories of a wonderful life. Jennifer draws you in to the point that the narration of this book could be imagined as a conversation over a cup of coffee (or, better yet, a bottle of wine!). Wonderful read for lovers of The Young Ones, French and Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous and other great British comedies, as it gives you a great context. I read "Bonkers" in combination with Dawn French's "Dear Fatty" and loved how the two books interweaved and gave varying accounts of similar events. Absolutely FABULOUS.
  • 'Twas good!

    By nowonmai
    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.
  • Bonkers

    By chefscott82
    Thank you Jennifer Saunders...... Your life a pursuit of laughter, love and an inane scene of yourself......admiring the qualities of your family, others and maintaining old friendships and embracing the new.You have uplifted me again, I feel a freshness you and yours feel part of my life..... To all French and Saunders fans, Ab Fab fans do yourself a this book and it will embrace you and simply make you feel wonderful! If your not familia with Jennifer Saunders and those that share in her world, you have a whole world of loveliness, laughs, silliness all mixed up like a big yummy cake! Xxxxxxxx
  • Good but needed an edit

    By scott in melbourne australia
    Good read but, for a writer, the structure of the book is all over the place and I found myself really having to concentrate to work out what was going on (although the second half got better). At times you did get the sense that someone told her to get the word count up (literally copy/pasting verbatim faxes she sent and received for pages on end). What's unique about this book is that you really get a sense of Jennifer the person - her beliefs, what's she's passionate about and her flaws. That's the interesting part. Would have liked to have read more about the actual realities of filming Ab Fab, but that's a small complaint. Certainly one of the comedy greats.
  • LOL

    By Gidget08
    Thanks for sharing your stories - a great read, totally enjoyable, and even has some funny bits.
  • Very enjoyable

    By kels479
    I really enjoyed this light hearted, fun read 😜