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Falling to pieces: Dawn O'Porter on her grief for friend Caroline Flack and lockdown in LA

For Dawn O'Porter, 2020 has seen the death of her friend Caroline Flack, the Covid-19 crisis, BLM riots on her doorstep and the writing of a deeply personal book

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Chris O'Dowd and Dawn O'Porter attend Choose Love Launches In Los Angeles On Giving Tuesday on December 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Choose Love)

Chris O'Dowd and Dawn O'Porter attend Choose Love Launches In Los Angeles On Giving Tuesday on December 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Choose Love)

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Dawn O’Porter

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Chris O'Dowd (L) and Dawn O'Porter attend the launch of the Jane Club in Larchmont Village on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Chris O'Dowd (L) and Dawn O'Porter attend the launch of the Jane Club in Larchmont Village on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

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Dawn O'Porter's "accidental memoir", Life In Pieces, could be the vanguard of a new genre: lockdown autobiography. The time period is limited, in this case, from March to summer. The action takes place mostly in the home, with occasional trips to the supermarket and the park, if restrictions permit. And yet it's a whole story, told inside a five-mile radius.

It has been a strange year for all of us and O'Porter is no exception. Life In Pieces reads like she's opened up her diary, which isn't a million miles from its genesis, given it started life as a Patreon blog. "It's way more personal than I would ever write in a book," she says. "I think 2020 cracked me open a bit. It was quite fun to write about parenting for the first time.

"And when [my publishers] said they wanted to make it into a book, I was like, 'Who's gonna want to read my diary of me drinking too much and cooking and looking after my children?'"