Brown makes the point that if it can happen to her, it can happen to anyone. If she often does so with a loud clang – with her fame and fortune! – her candour on how abuse affected her parenting is a sobering counterweight..There’s some levity. We learn that 4am chip butties and lambrusco were a Spice Girls tradition. Her sister dated Jay-Z before Beyoncé. Apparently, there exists a celebrity dating website where men submit photos of their penises next to juice cartons for scale. Otherwise, Brutally Honest is gruelling and structurally odd. But academic frustrations are beside the point: if Brown awakens even one reader to the reality of their situation, her legacy will endure long beyond the second Spice Girls reunion.