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  • Published: 16 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405927338
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

Because of You

The beautifully uplifting Richard & Judy bestseller


After five long years of waiting for a new novel, Dawn's millions of fans will fall in love with this tantalising story of motherhood.

This is a book about mothers and daughters, love and loss, mistakes and regret.

It's a book about nature and nurture.

Ultimately, it's a book about what makes us who we are - it is a story for all of us.

Following her wonderful bestsellers A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Oh Dear Silvia and According to Yes, Because Of You is Dawn French's stunning new book, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.

  • Published: 16 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405927338
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Dawn French

Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. On purpose. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of Britain's most long-running, cherished and celebrated shows, including French and Saunders, The Comic Strip Presents . . . , Murder Most Horrid, The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford and, more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.

Her number-one bestselling memoir, Dear Fatty, was published to critical acclaim in 2008. A Tiny Bit Marvellous, her first novel, was a great success, going straight to number one and selling over half a million copies. Oh Dear Silvia is her second novel.

UK comedy star Dawn French is a judge for the 2013 series of Australia's Got Talent on the Nine Network.

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Praise for Because of You

Witty and wise, it'll have you burning the midnight oil. A cracker

Woman's Weekly

Very funny and packs an emotional clout. Brilliant!


An enlightening and feel-good read offering a fresh look at life and how to embrace it. Funny and enjoyable to the end

We Love This Book

There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the better


Another hilarious novel!


French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeed


A bouncy, comedy drama. Funny, poignant and bursting with joie de vivre

Daily Mail

Hilarious and brilliant

Woman & Home

I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly written. I loved it all

Marian Keyes

Moving . . . French's best yet

Good Housekeeping

Praise for Dawn French


An extraordinary book - sad, heartening, gripping and reassuringly human

Jo Brand

Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on


Beautifully observed

The Times

A fantastic page-turner

Mail on Sunday

Arresting page-turner


Gorgeous . . . wise and sad and full of love

Marian Keyes


Russell Brand

Warm, witty and wise . . . I raced through

Daily Mail

French always writes so melodically about the truth of human nature . . . French manages to pick your heart up with the nib of her pen and slowly pull it apart, heart-wrenchingly, page by page . . . A true writing talent

My Weekly

A novel her fans are sure to love

Woman's Weekly

A story of love, identity and belonging


The final scenes are so perfectly executed they almost broke my heart. Because of You is a story to cherish

Sunday Express

Heartbreaking and humorous in equal measures


An emotionally charged story - and a heartbreaking twist at the end


Brilliant . . . a moving read that will stay with you long after you've finished the last page


A thought-provoking read . . . shows the true extent of motherly love

Publishers Association

Harrowing but uplifting . . . It is a book about mistakes, regret, forgiveness and unconditional love

Daily Mirror

Fans who have waited five long years for French's fourth novel won't be disappointed: Because Of You is a book with a beating heart, a story told with warmth and verve

Daily Express

Wise and poignant

Beyond the Joke


Choice Magazine

As ever, even in the darkest of times, Dawn has found humour to inject into her novel


A beautifully powerful story about mothers, family and sacrifice


A tantalising story of motherhood told with Dawn French's signature warmth

Sainsbury's Magazine

A powerful and emotional book

Good Housekeeping

The life-affirming and unmissable new novel

Eastern Daily Press

A brilliant book

Good Housekeeping

Told with French's unfailing wit and warmth, Because Of You is the tale of family bonds and the mother-daughter relationships that ultimately make us who we are


A bright, brilliant and heartbreaking tale of two mothers, two babies and the far-reaching consequences of one fateful day

Yahoo! Style

An uplifting story about mothers and daughters and familial relationships, in which two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters on the same night

Woman & Home

Wise and poignant, Because of You is a story about mothers and daughter, love and loss, mistakes and regrets, and family bonds

Eastern Daily Press

A warmly told story about the bond between mothers and daughters

Evening Standard

Dawn French moves between the aftermath of that fateful night and 18 years later, when the explosive impact of Hope's actions is finally felt

Daily Express

Because Of You is a tale told with warmth by a storyteller who never takes herself too seriously

Sunday Express

A tale told with warmth

Daily Record

Heartbreaking but redemptive, and lightened by French's trademark humour, this is a compelling read that will keep you poised between laughter and tears

Daily Mail

A fabulous emotional tearjerker of a novel


While Dawn French's latest novel contains a dash of humour, it's also heart-wrenching

The Hunsbury Handbook

A must-read story told with compassion and heart

Sunday Express

I absolutely loved Because of You. Fantastic, passionate, compassionate, so much wisdom, a lot of humour, very real and credible

BERNARDINE EVARISTO, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

A heartfelt story, handled so carefully and empathetically

Aisling Bea