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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and inspirational, 15 Nov 2008
This review is from: Fern: My Story (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 8 Jan 2009 14:33:44 GMT
Michy says:
I have to say I completely disagree. I too have liked Fern for years, but even after reading this biography I can't see why she let the public believe that she lost all her weight through eating healthily and exercise.....thats not quite the whole story is it? Although interesting, I found too much information about where/ when Fern worked and not enough of NOW. I was also suprised at how hard she can be when interviewing, shes not quite as soft as I thought. I can't say I didn't enjoy this book but not as good as I'd hoped....I did easily put it down and didn't pick it up for days...that does't normally happen if I'm enjoying a story.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2011 16:14:54 BDT
I really can't understand the complete nastiness towards Fern about her gastric band, surely it was a private matter the way people have gone on its as though she has committed a murder!! She is not public property, noone owns her, maybe she made a mistake by not saying anything but why should she have to justify herself to anyone?? Also, having a gastric band is NOT a quick fix she still had to exercise and eat small portions. I personally enjoyed her book, yes she has to be tough when interviewing - she is a journalist after all, I think This Morning has gone downhill since she left and it has turned into an offshoot of a cross between Jeremy Kyle and a childrens programme, Holly, although lovely is an airhead, but Philip chose her - maybe because with Fern he knew he had competition. For me Fern should be on tv more in serious programmes, otherwise it would be a waste of her vast knowledge.

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