Fiona Phillips is one of our best-loved television presenters. Well-known for being warm, chatty and down to earth, she attended her local comprehensive in Southampton before studying English in Birmingham. For over twelve years she presented GMTV, during which time she interviewed some of the most famous and influential people on the planet, from film stars to royalty, poFiona Phillips is one of our best-loved television presenters. Well-known for being warm, chatty and down to earth, she attended her local comprehensive in Southampton before studying English in Birmingham. For over twelve years she presented GMTV, during which time she interviewed some of the most famous and influential people on the planet, from film stars to royalty, politicians to local heroes. But in August 2008 Fiona announced that she was to quit the job she loved, revealing that her father, Phil, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's just a year after her mother had died of the same disease and that she had decided to devote more time to him and to her family. Before I Forget is a wonderfully honest account of growing up in the 1960s and 70s within a complex family. During her childhood her father could sometimes be distant and demanding which both saddened her and drove her to succeed, her mother always the devoted wife and the steady heart of the family. When Fiona lands the job at GMTV she revels in how proud they are of her achievement. When her mother and then her father succumb to Alzheimer's we share in Fiona's sadness as she movingly describes watching them fade away, one moment interviewing George Clooney the next taking a call from Pembrokeshire Social Services to say that her mother had wandered away from her care home.Before I Forget is an extraordinary book which will resonate with Fiona's millions of fans and the millions of people who day-by-day are going through, or have gone through, the same experiences....
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before i forget Reviews
This book is about Fiona’s life, her parents the struggle with her late Mum had with Alzheimer’s and now her Father has it too. Her decision to quit GMTV, her boys and Martin her husband. This is quite a sad book, it is easy to read and follow I would definitely recommend, I found the book to be a quick read.
Before I Forget is a very well written book that's full of emotion and events that every one can identify with. The beginning of this book was for me full of personal memories. I was at school with Fiona when she lived in Canterbury and loved the forgotten memories that this book evoked. I found it interesting to discover what happened to her when she moved away with her family.I would thoroughly recommend this to all those who love a realistic and heartfelt read.
This is a very sad story of a woman losing both her parents to dementia. The writer used to be a TV presenter in England apparently. I don't know anything about her other than this book tho. There is quite a lot about her and her childhood which was not so interesting to me. It is a very sad story and I feel for her having to deal with not one but two parents being sucked down by this disease.
i am a fan of Fiona Phillips, as a GMTV broadcaster I remember how down to earth and friendly she came across and her book does not disappoint. I am glad that Fiona is able put her journalistic skills to the front to raise the mater of Alzheimer's and euthanasia, whatever viewpoint you have. With more and more elderly people having this illness, the power and emotions of how Fiona came to live with it is something that many people will relate to.On a lighter note, the book also made me smile as I also enjoyed reading her childhood references to fashion, culture, friendships. Being the same age as Fiona I knew the influence of Donny Osmond and the song Puppy Love. Thank you Fiona for sharing your life with us in such a true account. Her husband Martin is too good to be true though, what a wonderful gentleman he is.
A very sad account of her mothers decline into the cruel world of Alzheimers and how Fiona tried to juggle her career on GMTV with being married and a mother of small children and having to travel down to Wales every weekend. Her father was also acting very coldly- and it was subsequently discovered that he also suffers from dementia.
A really good book and so well written about how Fiona was juggling her career, family life and spending time with her Mum who was suffering from Alzheimers. I laughed and also cried a lot with this book. It also goes into a lot more about Fiona's career and upbringing which i wasn't expecting in this book. I hope she writes more material in the future.
Pretty story if you are interested in Fiona it's a good read.
Had to read this as my dads got Alzheimer`s I thought it was wrote very well Very sad that Fiona had suffered with both parents from this awful illness.
I could relate to so much, as my mother had Alzheimer's for 8 yrs and for those 8 yrs, I was her full-time carer. This is an excellent read and a book that I will keep.