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Fern: My Story
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2008
I have been a fan of Fern's for years. I admit I was disappointed when it all came out about her gastric band and I bought the book fearing that it would be a whitewash. It isn't. Fern has not had it easy. The proof that she really is the nice person I always thought she was is that she doesn't point fingers or spill blood and guts in the way that has become commonplace in celebrity biographies which, in my view, is all to her credit. Yet reading between the lines, her father being totally absent, her stepfather being less than easy... I have a much clearer understanding of how she manages to emphathise with people who go on This Morning. Her descriptions of depression so closely mirrored my own that it was a great comfort to me. People always say "Oh you can't be a depressive, you're always laughing and joking and seem so happy" Yes, I am by nature happy, but when depression descends on me it is as if I have fallen off the platform that everyone else stands on and from which one can operate normally. In a horrible way it is comforting to know that someone known for being so smiley, can have felt the same.

I was lucky enough to be able to conceive my children normally and this is the first time I have really understood the pressures that face women in Fern's situation. It's not something you can ask anyone about. Thanks to her book, I can now appreciate just how painful it must be and the joy Fern experienced, and the difficult decision to leave the twins' father had me in tears. I thoroughly recommend this book. It told me so much, not only about Fern's past but also about her current life, busy and happy. Well done Fern.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2008
Not normally a reader of "celeb" autobiographies which for the most part are turgid and badly written, I approached this with some trepidation. In fact, it is very well written, giving a real insight into Fern Britton's life and work. It is a very good example of how a public persona can be hiding a much deeper self. She inter-cuts the more distant past with her current life, a device which sounds as if it would be enfuriating but this works extraordinarily well, the narrative flowing smoothly along. All in all, this a really good and entertaining read which can be heartily recommended as a Christmas present!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2008
Not a habitual reader of celebrity autobiogaphies, i bought this as a gift and started reading it myself, and couldn't stop! It is a poignant and insightful account of Fern's life in and out of the spotlight, and gives a fascinating picture of life behind the TV screen, and the struggle it took her to get there. In a world fascinated by the media, it's great to get a view from the inside, and a personal understanding of the way it works.

Extremely well written and structured it is really un-put-down-able! highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2009
If ever there was anyone qualified to anchor a programme like "This
Morning," then Fern was the one. Her life has been a series of trials and tribulations but what comes across is what a feisty and determined lady she really is and how she has lived life to the full. From her early days as a journalist working on regional TV to prime time presenter, it hasn't been an easy ride for Fern. She has endured her own health demons,battling depression and obesity. Her own mother suffered serious illness when Fern was young and despite long absences of her actor father, Tony Britton, Fern remains close to both her parents. Like so many people in TV, she was fortunate to have a series of lucky breaks but she finally found her niche on daytime TV, first with Ready Steady Cook and then This Morning. She also found the delicious Phil Vickery and she allays all those rumours concerning "gastric bandgate" and her professional relationship with Philip Schofield. I loved this autobiography and was sorry to finish it. A brilliant holiday read not to be missed whether you are a fan or not!Fern: My Story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
Decided to read Fern's story after buying two of her novels which I thoroughly enjoyed, forgetting that she was the author half-way through the first chapter.
I knew quite a lot about Fern having watched day time TV and following magazine articles etc, but was very surprised to learn of her childhood and early years in her career which was a long apprenticeship.
Found the book an easy read and wanting to get to the end of it. I was very pleased to know that she had finally found happiness and contentment in her family life with the lovely Mr. Vickery. Her new career is obviously blossoming to boot. Well done Fern, I have nothing but admiration for her strength and fortitude during the tough times that she has been through.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2009
I probably can't add much to what's already been said ,except some of the things Fern wrote about in her life really touched me personally so I'm able to feel for her in some of the things she has experienced.As for the gastric band I felt that was nothing to do with anyone else but I praise her courage for the way she dealt with it.One thing I hope though she doesn't lose too much weight as a consequence. I must say also this was a very well written book and as said in some of the other reviews I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.I'm so pleased she did write it(it shows us the pain behind that lovely smile) and now how happy she is with(husband)Phil,she really deserves it. My husband has now picked it up to read and I hope he feels the same!!! By the way we are the same age but she's much more glamorous.Loved it Loved it,Loved it and I read lots of autobiographies.One of the best by far,with some of them you don't feel you know anymore about them than when you started reading.Can't wait for the next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I believe Fern has been both frank and brutally honest in telling this tale and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2014
AN AVID VIEWER OF THIS MORNINGS PROGRAMME , I TOOK TO FERN FROM THE WORD GO. HOW I FELL ABOUT WITH THE ANTICS HER AND PHILLIP SCHOFIELD GOT UP TO. WATCHING FERN BLOSSOM IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS; A WOMAN WHO SHOWED US A PROFESSIONAL SIDE AND HAD NO PROBLEM SHOWING HER WEAKNESS, IF YOU CAN CALL SHEDDING TEARS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS? SHE EXUDED CHARISMA IN ABUNDANCE AND IN READING THIS BOOK THAT IS WHAT CAME THROUGH THE MANY PAGES. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK. I WISH HER EVERY HAPPINESS WITH HER WONDERFUL HUSBAND AND CHILDREN. I WOULD HOWEVER; NOT ONLY LIKE TO SEE HER PRODUCE MORE BOOKS BUT TO SEE MORE OF HER ON THE TV.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2012
Could not put this one down once I started reading. A true eye opener to the troubles Fern has experienced but also the wonderful joys. So well written, moving and heartfelt. Would highly recommend this book as you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2012
Thoroughly enjoyable read, I kept wanting to read on and on as the story line gripped me.Very honestly told and there is a lot more to the Fern 'you know on screen' that you probably didnt know before reading this book.
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