Memoirs Of An Unfit Mother Paperback – 2 Sep 2004
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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)
* 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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'
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very revealing story of her troubled upbringing and the chaotic effect it had on her married status. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2012 by cat lady
Did not read it personally purchased for my wife, she thought it a good read. Value for money it kept her quiet for a while.Published on 10 Nov. 2011 by ibanali
I loved this book - couldn't put it down. Frank and honest right the way through - I would recommend it to anyone.Published on 10 July 2011 by Ms. Susan Nutt
Well, I opened this book wondering what it would be like, and was very pleasantly suprised, it has been written very well, and reads well. What a life Anne has had. Read morePublished on 26 July 2010 by Patti
I love autobiographies and I will read anyone's and this one is great. It's truthful and entertaining. Anne reveals herself warts and all. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2007 by Scooby Doo