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More about Me

My writing career started with the production of The Flower that Couldn’t Grow, written (with help) when I was three. Although I continued writing as a hobby, it wasn’t until I began my memoir about growing up with a mother who faked illnesses and had narcissistic personality traits that I was encouraged to pursue writing professionally. 


I live in Nottingham with my husband, two children and cat, and enjoy playing guitar, drinking good coffee and cycling - but not all at the same time.

 

Outlook - BBC World Service

After a lifetime of caring for her sick mother, Helen Naylor began to suspect that her mum had a very rare condition called Munchausen's Syndrome, a psychological disorder where according to the NHS, "someone pretends to be ill or deliberately produces symptoms of illness in themselves. Their main intention is to assume the "sick role" so that people care for them and they are the centre of attention." All through Helen's childhood her mother, Elinor, would stay in bed most of the time while Helen looked after her. Helen accepted that she would always be her mother's carer but after she died in 2016, Helen decided she needed to find out more about her mother and her own childhood so she started conducting her own investigation.


Helen has written a book called My Mother, Munchausen's and Me: a true story of betrayal and a shocking family secret.


Get in touch: outlook@bbc.com


Presenter: Jo Fidgen

Producer: Tom Harding Assinder and Rebecca Vincent