Its a shame this book was published in its present state - it shouold have been handed back to Jo with three quarters of the boring, uninsightful and tedious parts removed, and she should have been encouraged to write about how things affected her.
All we seemed to get were boring lists of "events" and people with no insight into their importance or effect. She left home at 17, but it was just mentioned rather than any thought given to it, then she went back home, then moved out again. All momentous things, but she is obviously too private to let us in to how she really felt about it. Fair enough - be private, but then don't write an autobiography!!! - Money a bit short is it????
Psychiatric care does not come out too well, and as others have written, attitudes are quite rigid and harsh. Made me squirm in parts.
There was so little interpretation, thought,or insight. Also, her weight was hardly mentioned, occasionally she would say she wasn't too heavy at the time, but I have no idea when she became heavy, how she felt about it, even whether or not she ever went on a diet, which is extraordinary. If she had said that she was fat, didn't mind, didn't care, get over it, that would have been fine. But I felt that this was as much as she could give - a paltry list of events, a boring childhood, a bit of a stormy adolescence, various "seshes". The editors or whoever makes decisions, should have said if thats all there is, scrap it, its not worth the paper.
Felt I had been sold a pup to be honest.
Shame on everyone involved, and I say that with a heavy heart, cos I do generally like Jo Brand - now, not so much.