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Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

Brian Morgan, May 2, 2006

Further to my earlier comment: Random House now admit there are factual errors in Sickened: "We will make appropriate correction to the text in the next printing of Sickened to address those facts about your family history that you have shown to be incorrect.", they say in a letter to Sandy Gregory-Parocai dated 26th April 2006.

However, they do not accept responsibility for the factual errors, saying: " ... it is important to recognize that Julie did not invent any of these facts. She learned them from the stories you repeatedly told her during your childhood. If she got any of these facts wrong about your family history, your mother, her husbands, your early years, and the circumstances and incidents in your first marriage, it is because you provided the information to her in the first place."

And additionally the letter says: "... that there are errors in Julie?s retelling of your family history in no way detracts from the accuracy of Julie?s memoir of her own life and experiences."

Is it ironic perhaps, that a book which is all about allegations of fabrication by the mother simply repeats what she is alleged to have told the daughter about her family history, without saying that's what it was, or checking against documentary evidence (as I did with the full co-operation of the mother and none from the daughter and publisher)?

The letter concludes: "... we remain confident that the story she tells in Sickened is a true and honest portrayal of her childhood."

I personally would say watch this space, since documents from a further tranche of investigation have yet to be collated and sent to Random House. They may not so easily be dismissed.
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Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

Brian Morgan, April 20, 2006

There are major problems with Sickened. Early stages of fact checking show there are fabricated passages, as there were in James Frey's A Million Little Pieces. See msbp.co.uk

These has been referred to the publishers Random House who say this is now a legal matter.

The author is not a graduate in psychiatry either.
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