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From the moment she came into the world - two weeks early, throwing her parents' lives into disarray - Mary has gracefully but firmly done things her way.

A love affair with cookery in her teens became a full-time career as one of our most prolific and best-loved cookery writers, and at nearly eighty a TV sensation on the Great British Bake Off.

But as a working mother, at the heart of a busy household, Mary was also a woman ahead of her time: attempting to do and have it all. Hers is a life lived to the full, with its share of tragedy and joy. Above all, it is the inspiring story of a delightfully traditional but thoroughly modern woman.


A woman who broke the mould of what the role of a wife and Mother should be. Mary serves up a satisfying tale of kitchen craft

Daily Express

As warm and irresistible as a freshly baked scone . . . an extraordinary life story

Daily Mail

The star of The Great British Bake Off has had one hell of a life, and shares it all here with huge wit and warmth


TV superstar. Style icon. Baking granny. Tough breadwinner

The Times

A treat to be savoured


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    March 26, 2014

    Michael Joseph

    432 pages

    RRP $22.99

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