How to Survive Your Mother, Paperback Book

How to Survive Your Mother Paperback

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What does it feel like to find out things about your mother that you weren't supposed to know?

In 2004, a chance encounter set investigative reporter Jonathan Maitland on the trail of a shocking scandal involving his own parents.

Having spent his TV career hunting down rogues and conmen on behalf of the British public, it never occurred to him that the story of his own mother could be the most gripping - and disturbing - of them all.

As he attempts to uncover the truth about what happened back in the 1960s, Maitland peels back the layers of his extraordinary childhood to reveal the astonishing history of his larger-than-life mother: her tempestuous marriages, her love affairs, her public suicide attempts and her outrageous money-making schemes.

Entertaining, humorous, disturbing and revelatory, this movingly honest memoir will appeal to anyone who has ever had issues with their parents.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780743430302



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I am truly not sure if I liked this book or not. I found it easy to read and was quite amazed at Johnathan's mother's activities. Was she truly like this or did she have a mental problem. I thought his father sounded quite lovely although there were a few funny things there too.The book only takes a short time to read and it is probably worth it.

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