Old Rage: 'One of our best-loved actor's powerful riposte to a world driving her mad’ - DAILY MAIL

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Old Rage: 'One of our best-loved actor's powerful riposte to a world driving her mad’ - DAILY MAIL

Old Rage: 'One of our best-loved actor's powerful riposte to a world driving her mad’ - DAILY MAIL

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Following the death of her husband, John Thaw, she wrote a memoir of their marriage, The Two of Us , which was a no. Witnessing and then accepting the decay of your physical self as you age is a brutal reality and it's captured well in Sheila's diaries. Let’s just say that Boris Johnson and some of his cronies, along with Trump, were not, and never will be, on her Christmas card list. I spent all my time with a tooth prop in my mouth, a device that was supposed to help with your vowels.

Following the death of her husband, John Thaw, she wrote a memoir of their marriage, The Two of Us, which was a number one bestseller and won the British Book Award for Author of the Year. Hancock is on the extremely vulnerable list, and is supposed still to be shielding, reducing her risk of contracting coronavirus as much as possible. She covers everything in old age from the loneliness and aches and pains to rage at the body that once did so much but now can’t, and the strange society that we’re all making our way through.This book however is like a diary, where Sheila has mixed what has happened within that year and flips back to her past younger years of what happened. Published before the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and crowning of King Charles III, I wondered if she will follow up on the future of British royal monarchs. However, her enquiring mind never ceases to scrutinise the after-effects of Covid-19 and Brexit while politics tops the list with shoddy government, weak politicians, inept prime ministers, poor decision making, and lack of support for the education system. How “Brexit”, something she loathed, affected that scenario and its impact generally is emotionally covered.

She defies the stereotype of an octogenarian and it was wonderful to read her thoughts on many current events and her reflections on her life.The book opens well with some cracking stories and I settled down for what I thought would be a really good read. But she can at least take a good long look at life – her work and family, her beliefs (many of them the legacy of her wartime childhood) and, uncomfortable as it might be to face, her future. I would have preferred more about her as a person and her life and career, but maybe she’s done that in her previous books. I confess I’ve not read any of her three previous efforts but, after digesting this diarised account of her latter years, I can certainly handle a bigger dose of Sheila.

Hancock is brilliant company as she looks back on her life as a daughter, mother, widow and still an excellent performer, while railing against much of the modern world.

At Lisson Grove market [near Paddington], the traders are all [she slips into cockney] ‘Allo, Sheila!



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