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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (2 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751536245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751536249
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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* The extraordinary roller-coaster story of Anne Robinson's life from alcoholism and a vicious custody battle for her daughter - which haunts her to this day - to her triumphant fight back.
* A brave and remarkable book by a woman at the height of her career.

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I am not a fan of Anne Robinson but heard through the grapevine that she had an interesting existence so bought this book.
I have to say I was shocked at the trauma she has been through. The book is very well written, highly descriptive where necessary but also getting straight to the point in the "juicier" areas of her life. I'd never have guessed she was an alcoholic. what an insight into an alcoholics mind and what a comeback for a woman who lost all. Fabulous reading. You won't be able to put it down.
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By C. O'Brien VINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2007
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Anne Robinson is probably best known as the resident dominatrix of television game show The Weakest Link. Her long, difficult and relatively distinguished career as a journalist takes second place to an assumed persona that hides a history of failed relationships, personal pain and loss - and an addiction to alcohol that almost killed her.

Growing up a good Catholic girl with a charismatic but domineering mother, Robinson's early career success as a reporter left her unprepared for any kind of failure. A desperately unsuccessful first marriage left her ripe for conversion to hopeless drunk and lost her custody of her two-year-old daughter, Emma. In these days before feminism, the courts seem more concerned about Robinson's career ambition than about her drinking, her solicitor tries to bed her and Emma's care is eventually entrusted to her equally ambitious journalist father.

The most affecting part of the book concerns her struggle to drag herself out of addiction, though there is much more to the book than an inspirational real-life tale. Its scope stretches across three generations, from the life of her outrageous powerhouse of a mother, through Robinson's own chequered history, to the blossoming movie industry career of grown-up Emma. It also has much to say on the women's issues that touched upon this lifelong journalist's career - from the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher to the unhappy marriage and eventual death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Stylistically, the book reads like a newspaper column. Tightly written - sometimes too tightly - its slick journalese is an odd vehicle for confessions of pain and vulnerability and can make the reader feel manipulated into a preordained response. Nevertheless, it's both an absorbing read and an intriguing slice of twentieth century social history.
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If ever there was an autobiography that is impossible to put down from first to last page, then Anne's book is that one! A remarkable piece of work, professionally written, but very human, frank and open about the life that produced the Anne Robinson whom is so well known to us today.

What a brave lady to re-live in the writing what must have been some truly challenging and desperate times in her past. Her honest appraissal of her own personality and how she used to relate to those around her is truly enlightening and I personally respect her enormously for allowing the world to gain such an indepth look in to her background.

The book is inspirational in that it demonstrates that life really is what you make of it, provided you get a little bit of luck to support the inner determination required to overcome whatever obstacles life may put in front of many people.

Chris Paling, Author of 'The Adventures of Rumble, Tumble and Titch-Uncertain Times'
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Very open and honest. Written like a newspaper column it is very fast paced and easy to read once you get used to the way the author has gone about things. Very much "thoughts to paper". Bought this for my mother (mid 60's) who is a big Anne Robinson fan. Whilst she was reading I would often hear her gasp/laugh/cry.....very much the sign of a good book.
I'm not such a fan and wouldn't necessarily have bought this book for myself (mid 30's male), however, I decided to take a look once my mother had finished. I have to say that I have a new found understanding of, and respect for Ms Robinson.
If you are at all unsure about this purchase i would advise you to go ahead regardless, give it the benefit of the doubt, I guarantee you'll be surprised!
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Brilliant book every page was quality a must for Ann Robinson fans but a very interesting story how others impact on your life.
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This is a brutally honest account of alcoholism and it's impact on the individual as well as the family. Ann Robinson provides a gritty account of her addiction history which ultimately resulted in losing full time care of her daughter, with whom it is evident she has a wonderfully close relationship. I did think that she jumped quite quickly in the story from alcoholic to sobriety with real determination but she didn't highlight the difficulties inherent in withdrawal, and the dangerousness for individuals who follow this past. Nonetheless, it was an interesting read.
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