Because of You
Dawn French

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Narrated By: Dawn French

Duration: 9 hours and 7 minutes

What to expect

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The eagerly awaited, life-affirming and moving new novel from number-one bestselling author Dawn French.

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

The old millennium turns into the new.
In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.
Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.
Anna leaves with empty arms.
Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.
The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits.
Perhaps beyond . . .

Because Of You is Dawn French's stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.

© Dawn French 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Modern and contemporary fiction, Humorous fiction, Family life fiction, Contemporary lifestyle fiction, Narrative theme: Coming of age, Narrative theme: Love and relationships, Social and ethical issues

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Warm, witty and wise . . . I raced through

Daily Mail

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


Moving . . . French's best yet

Good Housekeeping

Gorgeous . . . wise and sad and full of love

Marian Keyes

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


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

Jo Brand

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

Publishers Association

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

The Break

A novel her fans are sure to love

Woman's Weekly


Russell Brand

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 fantastic page-turner

Mail on Sunday

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

Daily Mirror

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

Daily Mail

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


A powerful and emotional book

Good Housekeeping

Beautifully observed

The Times

Wise and poignant

Beyond the Joke

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

Another hilarious novel!


Very funny and packs an emotional clout. Brilliant!


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


The life-affirming and unmissable new novel

Eastern Daily Press

A brilliant book

Good Housekeeping

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


A story of love, identity and belonging


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


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


Choice Magazine

A beautifully powerful story about mothers, family and sacrifice


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

Sainsbury's Magazine

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

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

Woman's Weekly

Praise for Dawn French


Heartbreaking and humorous in equal measures


Arresting page-turner


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


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

Sunday Express

Hilarious and brilliant