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The Sunday Times bestseller

Dear 2020 - can we just start over? 

Love Dawn x 

Life in Pieces is a book for anyone who’s been thrown into a life they didn’t plan or who just wants to stick it to 2020. When it looks like everything’s falling apart, we’ll piece it back together. From reflections on grief and identity, bad hair and parenting, sleep and spirituality, to the things we can control and the things we cannot, Dawn has been doing a lot of thinking about life in lockdown. Mostly from a cupboard. Discover the daily diaries that track the journey - for a hilarious, heartbreaking and highly entertaining glimpse into the new normal.

©2020 Dawn O'Porter (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Funny, intimate and honest." (Louis Theroux)

"There's been a lot of well-meaning but mad advice on how to contend with the strangest period of human history any of us has ever lived through. Dawn O'Porter redresses the balance by telling it as it really has been: holding out for 5pm to crack open the tequila." (Mark Watson)

"Moving and funny. I absolutely loved it." (Claudia Winkleman)

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Disappointing nonsense

Gave up by Chapter 5! This book is just celebrity self indulgent rubbish tbh. Way too much repetition and exploring her own issues. No message really for the reader, just a diary of a party girl who likes swearing and drinking too much. I didn’t want to know who exactly is in all her WhatsApp groups and what they talk about ... yawn yawn! I can’t believe so many people like it! Claudia Winkleman’s book was so much better, as it was a lot more honest, down to earth, relatable and funnier. Save your money and buy Claudia’s book.

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Funny, clever, compassionate and lovely

I heard an interview with Dawn O’Porter about parenting in lockdown and she came across so funny and clever that I downloaded the book she was talking about. I’ve loved it. It covers loss, heartbreak, covid, children, food and love. I thoroughly enjoyed her take on lockdown. After hearing her read it, I want her to be my friend! To be honest, the tone of the book makes you feel like you already are friends. Thank you Dawn x

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Meh!

I thought this would be funnier. Just after half way through I realised all my thoughts about what Dawn was saying were critical. She lives a life so far from my reality, and I found her griping annoying at times. She suffered a bereavement, a lot of us have. 2020 has been tough for her (and everyone else). I don't think listening to this made me feel any better about what 2021 will bring. And I'm not sure that promoting the fact that you drink excessively and consume weed on a nightly basis whilst having young children in the house is particularly responsible. See, critical. If you're interested in celebrity, you'll probably like this book.

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Turned off after chapter 4

I loved Cows and so lucky, but disappointed with this piece. Need a break from reality not another version of a pandemic experience, sorry.

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I'm a mum but I couldn't relate to her life at all

I'm a mum and I have experienced grief and loss of a close friend but I couldn't relate to her life at all. very Dear Diary!

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surprised but I didnt love it

Really loved the last book of hers that I read but this wasn't my cup of tea. I also have young children and her day to day lockdown was much the same as mine but with three different types of cannabis, benadryl, melatonin and painkillers, all washed down with tequila and mediated with crystals. She reads it very well and it is amusing in places but I didnt enjoy a lot of it. Sorry Dawn!

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Wobbly start, but thumbs up over all!

I’m a huge fan of Dawn’s novels so was surprised that the first few chapters set my teeth on edge. It initially appeared to be a view of lockdown from a very gilded cage, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between Dawn’s pretty glitzy LA experience, and the experience of us mere common folk. Key workers, people on the bread line, people desperately trying to save their companies and the jobs of their employees, lonely people, homeless people, people facing illness, and of course those who have lost loved ones to Covid, will undoubtably have had a far grittier time than Dawn. HOWEVER!... I think that may have been unfair, all of our lives have been turned upside down this year after all, and she writes honestly about the emotional impact of this. She writes eloquently and movingly about the grief of losing her dear friend Caroline, and also about the huge race issues that have rightly been brought to the forefront of consciousness in recent months. The book is full of warmth, humour, and tales of family trials and tribulations. She occasionally teeters on the edge of eye roll territory, banging on about nutrition and peloton workouts, but drinks enough booze and eats enough cheese to remain relatable!

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Best book of 2020

I've read/listened to all of Dawns books, to her podcasts. watched her on the TV back in the day m, follow her on Patreon (this us a must if you are a fan) and she NEVER EVER let's us down. She is a bloody genius! In the crazy year that is 2020 Dawn tells us exactly how it is for EVERYONE in her usual funny and direct way. Huge respect to her about speaking of the tragic loss of her dearest friend Caroline Flack 💔 but how could she not as that was the start of shitty things that shocked us all this year. Dawn has helped me with the loss of my Dad by just talking about she feels. She completely encompasses how we are ALL feeling about 2020 talking to us as though she is a good friend (and not the super cool celeb living in LA). Love You Dawn ❤

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Loved it

I laughed and I cried, this was a great book, even better when being read by Dawn herself. I enjoyed every moment

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Utterly boring!

I expected this to be quirky and humorous but instead its a daily diary account of any parent living through lockdown. It's not unique or even interesting. It's just the same as every other parents faced-the lack of disciplined home schooling, the resenting your lovely kids, the early boozing, the diet of crisps ect etc etc . The highs the lows. It's just so very dull. I dont think we need a reminder of it because we are still living it. I feel like this book was a last minute desperate attempt to publish something.....anything, so diary it was. It's the sort of chat we hear from friends and colleagues daily just in the form of a book.

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Fabulous funny and frank

This is a wonderful text describing quarantine in the USA. Dawn is honest and shares everything. I cried and laughed. I love Dawn and want to listen to all of her books. Relatable for people who have ever been in quarantine (that’s all of ya folks).