Dawn French autobiography named "best audiobook of the year"

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For years, her unique brand of comedy has brought belly laughs to a nation of fans. Now, "Dear Fatty", the autobiography of Dawn French has been voted the best audiobook of the year by a panel of experts, who described the work as "pushing boundaries and challenging stereotypes".

Over 100 entries were included in the competition, with judges awarding points for quality of literary content, excellence of abridgements, reading, production value and sound quality. In the fiction category the winner was Alexander McCall Smith's "Tea Time for the Traditionally Built", while Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" took the top prize in the children's competition. All winners were announced at Chiswick book festival over the weekend.

Listen to an extract from "Dear Fatty" in which Dawn French reflects on her career as a live comedian in a letter written to Jennifer Saunders below.