She says she piled on the weight after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and underwent a hysterectomy "and that did me in, massive! I hadn't thought of Xaviera Hollander for years — who has? I say, by way of making conversation, that while I'm Jewish, my husband is not, and when our son was little he once asked: "Mum, as you're Jewish, am I? She adored her father to the exclusion of her mother who, in turn, became quite jealous.
" Usually, as an interviewer, your job is to prise information out of people but, with Xaviera, I find I sometimes want to put it back.
Xaviera's biggest regent is, I think, not having children, although she has had a series of abortions.