Dawn French is turning 60 and to mark this birthday she is releasing a new non-fiction book Me. You: A Diary, her first since 2008’s Dear Fatty.
Dawn’s book will be published by Michael Joseph in hardback on 5th October, the month in which her 60th falls. It will be a “unique shared diary” all about “age and life as she sees it” with space for you to add in your own thoughts over the course of a year. According to the publishers: “By the end of the year, Me.You: A Diary will be a fatter, scruffier book that is written by Dawn but totally personalised by the reader.”
Dawn explains in the book blurb: “I can’t count the amount of diaries I have crammed full with entries in January, that then fizzle out as the other months pile in. One of my teenage diaries has fulsome fizzing reports of every single conversation, thought and feeling about every friend, every crush, every meal, every argument until mid-March, when the entry on the 18th simply reads,
Thank god, this isn’t that. This book is a way for us to tell the story of a year together. Feel free to write your appointments in it, lists, thoughts and reminders of, say, who to kill, and when, and in what order. But I’ve also written about age and life as I see it, through the seasons and the months, and I’ve added some places for you to join me in some fun and some thinking. By the end of the year, I am hoping you will have a fatter, scruffier book that is written by me but totally personalized by you.”
Michael Joseph’s managing director Louise Moore said: “It has been an absolute joy to work with Dawn on this very special, very different book. Spending a year in Dawn’s company will be a fantastic treat for all her fans.”
You can pre-order Me. You: A Diary on Amazon here!