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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