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Fern: My Story - Fern Britton

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Genre: Biography / Author: Fern Britton / Hardcover / 288 Pages / Book is published 2008-11-06 by Michael Joseph

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      31.12.2009 09:23

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      loved it and will read again

      I love Fern i think she stands for all things thats right in the world of media for women, so i was a little worried reading her newest autobiog
      i didnt want to shatter the illusion so to speak! well i was totally amazed how frank how easy to read and mainly what fern had been through ive no doubt any fern fan will love this its the true rags to riches through damn bloody mindedness and guts that creeps into the dark world of mental health and the worlds perception of depression to the dodgy world of male egotistic presenters and actors. She really is the girl next door that came from a broken home and made it to where she is comfortable in her own skin and truely loved.AWWWWW ! Also a fab read for anyone with weight anxiety and brushes on the gastric banding she had done and the attitudes of how they changed all in all a fab fab read and its one book i didnt mind paying full price for .

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      30.07.2009 16:11
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      All you ever wanted to know about Fern britton

      For my birthday recently I received a copy of Fern Britton's autobiography 'Fern: My Story'.

      I have obviously heard of Fern Britton and was aware that her Father is Tony Britton. I have seen Fern on many TV shows including Ready Steady Cook and This Morning and have heard quite a lot about her personal life through the media.

      I was quite keen to read the book as I have always felt that Fern seemed like a lovely woman who was open and genuine and I was intrigued by some of the things I had heard about her.

      The book is a typical autobiography and starts with memories from the presenters early childhood. The book covers a lot of Ferns early career in the theatre and broadcasting for local television but also covers some very personal stories of Fern's life. I don't want to give too much away but Fern talks a lot about her personal life and her struggle with mental illness.

      Seeing Fern on the television you would not imagine what she has been through or how long she suffered in silence. I found that the book gave a lot of information about the various stages of Fern's life.

      I read the book very quickly which was a shame because I did really enjoy it and didn't want it to end. My opinion of Fern is slightly changed by the book in that I didn't realise what she had been through but I still feel that Fern is a genuinely nice person. Throughout the book I felt that I was being given intimate information about Fern's life that maybe only her friends and family would know. I never felt that Fern was holding anything back or being deliberately evasive. The whole book is open and honest and covers many things that people would have read about in the papers including Fern's recent gastric bypass operation.

      The book is written in a very relaxed way and you can hear Fern's voice telling the story of her life. The way the book is written I feel shows Fern is a very relaxed and friendly way and her obvious love for her family and her husband is evident throughout.

      The book contains many photographs from Fern's personal albums including some from her childhood, with her father and more recently her 50th Birthday and renewing her marriage vows with her Husband Phil Vickery.

      The book is currently available through www.amazon.co.uk for £4.51 paperback and £10.50 Hardback.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any fans of Fern Britton.

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        15.07.2009 21:47
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        A great read - not too heavy, not too light (just like its' author)

        I have just finished reading "Fern: My Story" by the television presenter Fern Britton. I only bought the book around three days ago, so this gives you a clue which way this review is going to go....

        It was first released last year, but I waited for the cheaper softback edition. The book cost me £3.96 from Asda,and is generally available all over the place.

        A timely read, because this week is Fern's last week presenting "This Morning", a relief for some people I imagine, but not me: I admit, she is my favourite TV presenter.

        This book, like the lady herself, comes across as warm and open. Told in the first person, Fern starts literally at the beginning, with her birth in 1957, right up to 2008 when she was embroiled in gastric-band-gate.

        Always a fan of celebrity biographies anyway, I found this really interesting: she pulls no punches and doesn't mind talking about her problems or so-called failings.

        There are several segments of lovely family photographs scattered throughout the book too: Fern is the daughter of the actor Tony Britton and is married to the TV chef Phil Vickery. She also has four children.

        Many times throughout the book, she refers in detail to her recurring depression, which I could really relate to, and it seems she has suffered this on and off virtually since childhood.

        Another recurring theme, and one which she is known widely for, is her weight: she talks openly about her weight problems and how she eventually went for the gastric band operation that led to her slimming down so much. She is also evangelical about cycling and this shines through in the writing.

        I know Fern Britton does divide opinion quite a lot, but this lady has had an interesting life, whichever way you look at it, and recounts many incidents and events over the years, some of which are shocking, some funny. There are also many bits of gossip about various celebrities that she has met over the years which are quite amusing.

        Go and get yourself a copy and read all about it!

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          13.01.2009 17:46
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          Fern reveals all about her life so far

          Fern Britton is a woman who always makes me smile when she and Philip are on This Morning so when her Biography came out I knew it would be one to read and finally find out more about her.

          She starts the book way back when she was a small girl and tells us all about her family. She was born in 1957 and it was at the time when her father, Tony Britton was making a name for himself. She had an older sister, 8 years her elder called Cherry. Not long after her she was born her mother and father decided they would separate so Fern grew up without him around. She does not ever remember him being around but she does have one photo which shows them both together.

          She grew up with her mother and had a happy childhood but she was not very good at school and always struggled with her work. She left school and went to college to study set design so she would be able to have a career in the theatre business.

          During her sixth form days she arranged for her school class to have a trip to see a show, unbeknown to the teacher who agreed to this the leading role was played by Fern's father so she was finally able to meet him and fortunately the reunion went well and they stayed in contact.

          After passing her exams and doing fairly well she secured a job for herself but it involved very long hours and lots of hard work. It is after many years working behind the scenes that she finally made the big leap towards the television and becoming a presenter.

          After making it as a presenter and encountering many nasty male presenters she met and married a man who too worked in television but he was a company manager. They soon decided to start a family but this was not an easy task and Fern had to go through several courses of IVF treatment. The last course worked and Fern gave birth to twins. Unfortunately her marriage broke down as she was never seeing her husband as he worked all hours.

          Fern always suffered from depression from her early 20's and when her marriage broke down she fell back into it and this is when her weight started to increase. She was always a thin person and never really though about what her weight meant. As the years passed she piled on the pounds and because of her depression she never really shed them.

          She had a lucky break when she was screen tested for a new cookery program and ended up getting the job. She had a great time working on the show and she would still be able to present This Morning on a Friday as the filming was done in 4 days. Whilst working on the show she was told that one of the chief's fancied her and after a lot of interruptions she and Phil Vickery finally became an item and finally tied the knot on their own quietly without the family even there as they wanted it to be kept out of the press. Phil and Fern did manage to naturally have another child which Fern would take with her to work.

          She became a full time presenter on This Morning when Richard and Judy left and she and John Lesley worked very well together and had lots of fun and respect for each other. She tells of the trouble and heartache both suffered when the allegations about John Lesley came out and how she dealt with it. Philip Schofield became the stand it for John and finally the permanent new presenter.

          Fern talks a lot about their working relationship and how they get on so well. It is here where Fern decided to do something about her weight so after a lot of talk to her Doctor she decided to have a gastric band fitted. She decided not to go public about it so she would not be under too much pressure to loose the weight and she could do it in her own time. She was not prepared for the outcry from the press when it was finally emerged this is how she lost her weight.

          Fern ends the book on a very happy not with her and Phil having their wedding vows blessed.

          This is such an interesting book and Fern gives so much detail about her life. I did learn loads about her from the book as I did not know she started out behind the scenes working long hard hours making sets and preparing the stage for big shows, she really did start at the bottom and luckily she did get a few good breaks and become the person she is today, she does openly admit that hr father being who he was helped her along the way slightly.

          Fern has written the book very honestly and she talks a great deal about her depression which is another thing I was not aware of. She says how easy she would find it to be depressed at home but to switch on a happy face when she arrived at work. I admire her for her openness about this and hopefully it will show others that you can overcome depression and move on with your life.

          She talks a lot about Cornwall and how she loved being there on family holidays as a girl and I like the fact that she still goes their with her children ever summer and fame has not gone to her head and she prefers normal holidays rather than exotic ones.

          The chapters in the book are separated with shorter ones which Fern tells us about what is going on in her life on the day she is writing, these are quite fun in places as she talks about some of the guests they have on the show and ho she intends on getting what she can out of the interviews. I found that they were a nice addition to the book and broke up the history of her life a bit.

          There are 3 sections of photographs in the book which show some lovely photos of Fern and her family throughout her life which add to the book as you are able to picture her when she is telling you about what she has done and about her family.

          I paid £10 for my hard back edition from Tesco which I feel is a good bargain as it is priced around the £20 price in other shops. The book was published by Penguin Books and has 360 pages.

          I do recommend this book to all who like Fern Britton as she gives a very good and open account of her life so far, not just the good but also the bad times.

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