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  • Life in Pieces

  • By: Dawn O'Porter
  • Narrated by: Dawn O’Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (625 ratings)

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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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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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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Its not you its me!

I used to love Dawn and I have read all her books....I don't think she has changed or her style....I probably have and I find the books some how people pleasing, hollow and virtue signalling. Trying too hard to connect with 'normal people'. Her style on reflection, has always been a bit too trying. I follow her on Instagram and since the start of covid I have found the virtue signalling to be hugely annoying! unfollwed and I don't think I will be buying any more books.

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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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Self indulgent memoir

I love Dawn O’Porter. Her novels are excellent and I have read them all.
However life on pieces felt a little self indulgent and that I was reading her own private grief therapy.
Some good and funny moments. Maybe would have been better as a podcast or a regular column instead of a 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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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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  • debra
  • 26-02-21

awesome read

Dawn o porter never disappoints.
Fun, quick memorable read. Thank you Dawn ANOTHER WINNER..

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  • Megan Reese
  • 15-10-20

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).

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  • Rick B
  • 03-08-21

Life in Lockdown

This is the second Dawn O' Porter audio book that I have listened to. Dawn shares her days in lockdown at home with her family. This is a daily journal of her experiences during this COVID-19 times with her husband Chris, two small boys ages 5 & 2 and her pets. You might think that listening to some else's experiences, especially in a day to day format would be quite boring or tedious, but this is not the case with Life in Pieces. Dawn has an amazing capacity for reality and expressing it in way that her reader's or in this case listeners can not only participate in, but relive with her those experiences. I recommend this audio book, as it is not only funny, but also deeply emotional towards her favorite friend, who she lost. This is a focal point part of the story that Dawn shares, as well as her own choices towards Black Lives Matter. Listen carefully at her own experiences and the important lessons she has tried to learn concerning diversity. Personally, I have all ways found it difficult to judge a person by the color of their skin. Some of the most intelligent men & woman I have met, or work with in my life have been of color. I believe the Dawn cares very much about her world as mother, wife and writer and that in her own way she is trying to make a positive change to the world and her two small sons, Art & Valentine. I really like that Dawn reads her own books, it adds to the overall value to readers & listeners experience. I do personally wish the language used at times for expression purposes be less offensive, but that's just me, probably just old school. Don't let that stop you from learning the message. Thank you Dawn for your final closing words, the message is so powerful for the future that I won't forget it.