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Memoirs Of An Unfit Mother Hardcover – 18 Oct 2001
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Anne Robinson's most recent public persona--the hardened battleaxe of television's The Weakest Link--is but a very small part of this quizmistress; Memoirs Of An Unfit Mother will most likely change your perceptions of the star. This book is a good read, but not a comfortable one. It's interesting: a saga-style across-the-generations tale of the Robinson clan. Of course, as a long-standing journalist before she hit the TV big time, Robinson's written style ensures the pages turn quickly. Memoirs of An Unfit Mother reads like a deposition for the defence of Anne Robinson, by Anne Robinson. It's hard to tell how many prospective readers know much of her life before the consumer TV programme Watchdog, so the author's decision to lay down hard facts about her alcoholism, the demise of a troubled marriage, blind ambition and the subsequent loss of custodial rights to her daughter Emma is risky.
Certainly, there have been hard lessons learnt. Which reader cannot sympathise with the empty dread a mother must feel when a child is taken away? The desperate loneliness? The horror of being judged as a failed parent? Sad things have certainly happened. But Robinson¹s reasoning--that the same would not happen to a hard-drinking workaholic man--only half helps her case for public support. It is difficult to empathise with someone who equates herself with Margaret Thatcher at every turn since the 1970s. Someone who recognises greed as a good point. And someone who seems to take great pride in telling how her husband was derided by colleagues when she became his boss. Readers who remember "Auntie Annie" from Watchdog may be shocked by her--perhaps self-protectively--hardened heart. Those who believe the hype for TV's Mrs Nasty are also mistaken--there aren't many intended wrongs here. Instead, Anne Robinson has laid herself bare, in an appeal to public opinion that she's been wronged by the system. Maybe she has. All in all, Memoirs of an Unfit Mother is worth reading, and worth learning from. It's all down here in black and white, but it is the grey areas in between which hold the intrigue. --Helen Lamont
A cracking, unsentimental good read..love her or loathe her, Robinson has produced a book that revolutionises the celebrity autobiography (THE OBSERVER)
Devastating, original, self-lacerating, glittering with anger and thwarted maternal love...the book, like Robinson herself, is a combustable mixture of ferocity and vulnerability (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Robinson is no heroine- at least of all in her own eyes...but she is admirable. (THE SPECTATOR)
It's a brilliant read, and a lesson to would-be-showbiz blog writers. (DAILY MAIL)
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At no point did I find her story drawn out and tedious to read. Being a seasoned writer gave Anne Robinson the upper hand. Perhaps writing biographical material is a field she should consider moving into next? Each period was cleverly dealt with according to its dramatic value, and Miss Robinson made sure that it was just long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting.
As I worked my way through her autobiography I experienced a full range of emotions. I began with sympathy and pride for the "poor little rich girl", or should that be the "rich little poor girl"? I was transported through hilarity, astounded by her persistence, but disappointed by her weaknesses. I held out hope for her sanity and was devastated by her depravity! I was encouraged and uplifted by her determination to turn the shreds of her existence into something that resembled a life, and to do that she was willing to start right at the bottom – no favours asked.
By the time I closed the book I felt satisfied that this had been my best read of 2003. I had been captivated from beginning to end, for all the right reasons.
Since she's been presenting The Weakest Link and since I've read her autobiography, however, my estimation of her has gone up a thousand-fold.
I can only describe this book as very well written and it is both humourous and heart wrenching.
Since reading the book I can honestly say that, in my honest and humble opinion, Anne Robinson definitely deserves to be where she is today!
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