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5.0 out of 5 stars Jenni Murray autobiography
This is an eminently readable and hugely enjoyable book. It tells of Jenni's childhood, and in particular her relationship with her Father. It follows the decline of both parents, the death of her Mother, her own discovery of breast cancer and the death of her Father. It isn't an emotional book, but it IS incredibly moving.
Published on 18 May 2009 by Ruthie Mead

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lets have a proper autobiography please Jenni
jenni Murray is a fascinating character and has lived through big social changes so I could have done with more detail of the 1960s and a way of life that has now vanished. An unusual relationship with her parents was well described but is this an autobiography or is that coming? (Alan Bennett has written about his parents and their generation in a much fuller and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lets have a proper autobiography please Jenni, 22 Aug 2008
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jenni Murray is a fascinating character and has lived through big social changes so I could have done with more detail of the 1960s and a way of life that has now vanished. An unusual relationship with her parents was well described but is this an autobiography or is that coming? (Alan Bennett has written about his parents and their generation in a much fuller and literary way.) There is a lot of heavy subject matter packed in here,childbirth,cancer,care of the elderly,contraception,- some painful reading and she has struggled with many complex issues over the years but too many for this short book to cover properly. For example the ladies in the fish packing plant obviously influenced her feminism greatly so I think we should have had much more detail about them and maybe some of the kind of dialogue that might have gone on between them. An interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jenni Murray autobiography, 18 May 2009
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This is an eminently readable and hugely enjoyable book. It tells of Jenni's childhood, and in particular her relationship with her Father. It follows the decline of both parents, the death of her Mother, her own discovery of breast cancer and the death of her Father. It isn't an emotional book, but it IS incredibly moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read, 4 April 2009
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Jenni Murray has a great way with words. This super book draws you into her world completely and is a real page turner. The fact that the story is true means that many readers will relate to a lot of what she writes about. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book, depicting family dynamics, 25 Mar 2012
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Well written book, which describes Jenni's relationship with her parents. Jenni describes the intra-psychic envy that mothers can unknowingly feel for their daughters and how this manifested betwen her mother and her, leading her to believe that she was unfeminine compared to her mother. I wanted to say to Jenni you are beautiful, as the photo on the cover depicts!
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 13 Feb 2012
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This autobiography come relationship story is beautifully written and will resonate with many people of this generation. A mum who can't let go of her daughter and a daughter who loves in spite of herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, serious, gently funny, 12 July 2014
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Dealt with three traumatic episodes in her life with tenderness, humility and humour. I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost a parent, whether they were dutiful or not!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 1 Sep 2013
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Jenni Murray writes with warmth on a subject that occupies many people's minds, I feel sad for her that she feels guilty at her own understandable behavior towards her Mother in the end. Mothers can be so cruel and have to be "let go".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 19 April 2013
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Being of similar age to Jenni Murray I could relate to this book very easily and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought, 15 April 2013
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Memoirs of a strong woman's relationship with her parents. Made me think about family relationships in general and effects on life
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5.0 out of 5 stars tell it like it is, 11 Jan 2013
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ive read a few female autobios and this is the best so far. Better than J Bakewell and Fay Weldon for example. Loved the NHS section in particular as we see the present Government trying to do to it what Thatcher started in the 80s but didnt complete due to time pressures.
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