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on 25 November 2014
This is a review of the 1982 reprint, which contains a note of endorsement from the American publisher. "Michelle Remembers" is written in the third person; clearly Michelle had an unhappy childhood including losing her mother to cancer; there is a lot of verbatim dialogue in this book, including tape recorded sessions; the whole book is talk. And talk is cheap, even if it does make a packet for the talker.
A quote on page 163 sums it up: "Well, of course, I completely agree with you. It's clear that Michelle is totally genuine. As to the truth of her story - whether or not her dreadful memories are accurate - I'm in no position to say".
All the claims in this book have now been thoroughly discredited and debunked. Broadly speaking, reviewers fall into two camps, the true believers who give it 5 stars, and the rest of us who recognise it for the croc it is.