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Moll: Making of Molly Parkin - An Autobiography [Hardcover]

Molly Parkin
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1 July 1993
Molly Parkin's background was poor. Her parents were ill-suited and fought constantly, and both later became alcoholics. Her father was alternately physically abusive and very affectionate, thereby setting up a pattern of highly-charged sexual violence that she sought in her future relationships with men. She studied fine art at college and painted throughout her first marriage. After years of violence and betrayals she left her husband, taking her two daughters, and found herself unable to paint - a block which it took her 20 years to overcome. Turning her talents to the fashion world, she became an arbiter of style at the height of the "Swinging Sixties", as fashion editor of "Nova", "Harper's" and "The Sunday Times". Her second marriage - to a younger man, the painter Patrick Hughes - took her down to Cornwall, where she wrote her best-selling comic-erotic novels. Outwardly it seemed she could do no wrong, but she was already drinking to excess and the marriage was failing. They moved to New York, staying at the notorious Chelsea Hotel and mixing with the famous and infamous, indulging in sex, drugs and drink. Just before she left for England to see her ailing mother, her husband tried to kill her, and back home - alone - she embarked on a career as a cabaret artiste, but the day she blacked out on stage in an alcoholic stupor was her lowest point. She contemplated suicide, but slowly fought back, seeking and eventually finding a spiritual centre to her life. This is Molly Parkin's autobiography.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First Edition edition (1 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575053895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575053892
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Larger than Life Molly Parkin 9 Jun 2011
I first heard Molly Parkin being interviewed on Desert Island Discs. Such was her frankness and honesty about her rollercoaster life I decided to get her book. I was not disappointed. Most certaintly she would not be everyones idea of a roll model, either as a Mother or Celeb., but she led her life without constraint and a great deal of devil may care attitude. Anyone with memories of the swinging sixties may be drawn to this book. As an old woman now she still seems to have that zest for life. What a character! Ken Smith.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gift book 24 Oct 2011
heard about this book on radio4 Uk and as a gift, is ideal for purpose. Quality paper and written in easy to read text. Not my topic of choice, but like I say, its a gift and the recipent is well pleased.
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