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Memoirs of an Unfit Mother

Anne Robinson

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

* 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.

Anne Robinson's mother was a cross between Robert Maxwell and Mother Teresa. When Anne became a young reporter in Fleet Street, her mother, a wealthy market trader, bought her a mink coat and told her to have a facial once a month.

But Anne Robinson's early success almost ended in her destruction. A doomed marriage was followed by a secret custody battle for her two-year-old daughter, Emma. 'Is it true?' her husband's barrister demanded in court, 'you once said you'd rather cover the Vietnam War than vacuum the sitting room?'

A shocking, funny, poignant and honest account of three generations of women: Anne's formidable mother, Anne and her daughter Emma. Memoirs of an Unfit Mother tells of Anne's downfall, the shame of the years after the custody battle and her subsequent alcoholism. And the triumph of returning to take a second go at life. And making it work.

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Praise for Memoirs of an Unfit Mother

  • 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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Anne Robinson

Famous newspaper columnist. The first woman to regularly edit a national neA famous newspaper columnist, and the first woman to regularly edit a national newspaper. 'Watchdog' more than doubled its audience after Anne Robinson joined it, getting sit-com ratings. 'The Weakest Link' attracted the largest number of daytime viewers in the history of television.

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