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Memoirs Of A Not So Dutiful Daughter Hardcover – 14 Jul 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st edition (14 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593058666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593058664
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,129,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A captivating account of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s by the Woman's Hour presenter... she describes in frank and compelling detail how her parents have influenced and shaped her life, setting her personal experiences against a backdrop of changing social attitudes, politics and culture' -- SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE, August 2008

'A compelling...readable and searingly honest memoir.'
-- TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, 17 Oct 08

'A painfully honest account of a complex relationship' -- WOMAN AND HOME

'It is as though this skilled journalist is interviewing herself, reining back the instinct to comment and teasing out the story. This history of women's lives... is one well worth the telling' -- INDEPENDENT, 18 July 2008

Intimate, confessional...subtly and seductively constructed...as powerfully raw and moving as anything I've ever read.
-- The Independent on Sunday

It is her fearless examination of her "love-hate" relationship with her mother, the confused feelings of betrayal that go with success, and the family dynamics and tensions that are most fascinating...I suspect that she was far more dutiful than most. Verging on heroic in fact. -- Guardian

Jenni Murray is a formidably talented radio broadcaster. She is also instantly recognisable in the flesh. Jenni epitomises the strong, self-confident modern woman... An intense story, vividly and sometimes humorously told.
-- Sue MacGregor, Daily Mail, 18 July 2008

She is not just the voice of Radio 4's Woman's Hour...She IS Woman's Hour...This is not, however, the heartless memoir of a hardened careerist. The true joy is the full emergence of the emotion that Murray often hides behind her professionalism and which here flows free and unfettered...It makes the heart weep. -- The Times

She tells her story with admirable candour. -- Sunday Times

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A searingly honest and confessional memoir about a mother / daughter relationship by Woman's Hour presenter, Jenni Murray.

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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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I wasn't sure I was going to like this and at the start found the style a bit journalistic. However, I soon got carried along with the events and emotions Jenni Murray was writing about was in tears by the end.
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My respect and admiration of Jenni, has lasted for years. Jenni's book is a brilliant read, and portrays this lovely strong lady that many of us regard as a " National Treasure ". Read it, and enjoy; it is very human.
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I was almost a cert to love this book as I am such a fan of Jenni and BBC's Woman's Hour. I read it in preparation of my interview with her and it was great background. But you don't need to buy it for that reason. Buy it because you'll enjoy it! she is searingly honest and many a daughter will identify with her.
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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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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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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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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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