Throughout her childhood, Helen Naylor‘s life revolved around her mother’s illness. In her memoir My Mother, Munchausen’s and Me, she recalls being told that Elinor had Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and ‘believed that America had cured her’ following a trip to the States where she seemed to feel like her old self. But it wasn’t until Elinor died that Helen found out everything had been a lie.

In The Daily Mail, Helen shares the diaries she uncovered that revealed the inner workings of Elinor’s twisted mind.

My Mother, Munchausen's and Me book cover. ‘I really believed that America had cured her’

My Mother, Munchausen’s and Me

Helen Naylor

Published: 25 November 2021

Mothers are supposed to be good. But my mother wasn’t good.

Helen Naylor