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MOVERS & SHAKERS

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Anguish & Evictions

Basia Briggs launches her memoir ‘Mother Anguish’ with a glittering party at The Ritz; bigoted racist Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben gets evicted

 

On Monday night at The Ritz in London – in the company of guests including the politician Lord Lamont, the portrait painter Alexander Newley, the esteemed war correspondent John Simpson CBE and the Holby City and Game of Thrones actor Christian Vit – Basia Briggs launched her candid memoir, Mother Anguish.

 

In spite of having not even been sent an invitation, the most unwelcome woman in London, the racist bigot Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben, also put in an appearance and was promptly evicted. Others following in her wake included her fellow crasher ‘Mr Frizzy’ but aside from that the champagne flowed and a wonderful time was had by all.

 

In introducing the book, publisher Naim Attalah CBE of Quartet Books spoke of Basia’s fortitude and in comments to The Steeple Times, the author herself added:

 

“I wrote Mother Anguish to get the suffering and the saga of a troubled life with my mother and first husband off my chest. This is a book that has been highlighted for its controversy, but I’d like to emphasise that even in the darkest days, you do not know what is around the corner.”

 

“Misery exists across the class divide and women, especially, love it when other women are miserable. My own story, though, illustrates a belief in hope and an urge to tell others that if you concentrate on something hard enough, you will indeed get you such.”

 

Though not mentioned in the book, Basia took time to speak of her one-time friend Jane Andrews, the Duchess of York’s former dresser and a woman convicted of murdering her lover Tom Cressman in 2001. In words about the now released ex-prisoner, Basia remarked:

 

“I wish people would stop making a fuss about Jane. I hope the second half her life is more successful and I would say she deserves to be happy. She was mistreated by a lot of people and nobody should have to put up with that.”

 

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Anguish & Evictions – Basia Briggs launches her memoir ‘Mother Anguish’ at The Ritz on Monday 4th December 2017; bigoted racist Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben gets evicted along with gatecrasher Mr Frizzy – Guests included the politician Lord Lamont, the portrait painter Alexander Newley, the esteemed war correspondent John Simpson CBE and the Holby City and Game of Thrones actor Christian Vit
Mr and Mrs Sam Malin and Richard Briggs OBE
Anguish & Evictions – Basia Briggs launches her memoir ‘Mother Anguish’ at The Ritz on Monday 4th December 2017; bigoted racist Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben gets evicted along with gatecrasher Mr Frizzy – Guests included the politician Lord Lamont, the portrait painter Alexander Newley, the esteemed war correspondent John Simpson CBE and the Holby City and Game of Thrones actor Christian Vit
John Simpson CBE and Basia Briggs
Anguish & Evictions – Basia Briggs launches her memoir ‘Mother Anguish’ at The Ritz on Monday 4th December 2017; bigoted racist Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben gets evicted along with gatecrasher Mr Frizzy – Guests included the politician Lord Lamont, the portrait painter Alexander Newley, the esteemed war correspondent John Simpson CBE and the Holby City and Game of Thrones actor Christian Vit
A Chelsea Pensioner and Claire Rubinstein

Comments

6 comments on “Anguish & Evictions”

  1. Well done to Basia. Sounds like she put on a great party. These crashers have no shame — I think Marie-Claire fake title is one of the worst and she should be put in the stocks

  2. How do these people get in?????????????????????? And why wasn’t I invited instead??????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be a long way for me to come from Down Under but I would have added much to the shinbash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. That Mr Frizzy guy goes everywhere, though he was recently escorted from a venue after trying to secrete a bottle of champagne down his trousers. Outrageous!

  4. Well done for writing cathartically about her life. May she continue to flourish.
    Am less thrilled by her comments about Jane Andrews who served only 14 years for murdering a good man. Maybe she was treated badly by some; most of us are at one time or another… but the prison system didn’t even charge her with escaping from jail… I’d have thought that was extremely generous of them. Not to mention letting her out after only 14 years. There are others in the world who deserve your help and pity more than borderline-personality-disorder Jane.

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