Just Me

Just Me

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'Well now, prove it, Sheila. As John would say, "Put your money where your mouth is." Be a depressed widow boring the arse off everyone, or get on with life. Your choice.' In The Two of Us Sheila Hancock relived her life with John Thaw - years packed with love and family, work and houses, delight and despair. And then she looked ahead. What next? Gardening, grannying and grumbling, while they all had their pleasures, weren't going to fill the aching void that John had left. 'Live adventurously', a piece of Quaker advice, was hovering in her mind. So, putting her and John's much-loved house in France on the market - too many memories - she embarked, instead, on a series of journeys. She tried holidaying alone, contending with invisibility and budget flights. She tried travelling in a group, but the questions she wanted to ask were never the ones the guide wanted to answer. She tried relaxing - harder than you might think. Finally, heading out of her comfort zone, she found her travels and new discoveries led her back to her past: to consider her generation - the last to experience the Second World War - and the kind of person it made her.
Just Me is a book about moving on, but it is also about looking back, and looking anew. Sheila, whether facing down burglars and easyJet staff (cross her at your peril) or making friends with waiters and taxi drivers, whether unearthing secrets in Budapest, getting arrested in Thailand, exulting in the art of Venice or mingling with the Mafia in Milan, is never less than stimulating company. Honest - because if you can't say what you think at seventy-five, when can you? - insightful and wonderfully down-to-earth, she is a woman seizing the future with wit, gusto and curiosity - on her own.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 34mm | 639.56g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747588821
  • 9780747588825
  • 530,936

About Sheila Hancock

Sheila Hancock was born in 1933 and attended drama school before embarking on a successful career in acting, both on stage and screen. Her first book, Ramblings of an Actress, was published in 1987. Her memoir of her late husband, The Two of Us, was published in 2004 and became a number one bestseller. Sheila Hancock lives in London.
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PRAISE FOR THE TWO OF US: 'Startlingly good. There are two reasons for this. The first is Hancock's writing The second is John Thaw' Sunday Times 'A graceful, honest account of life and enduring love' Observer (Pick of 2004) 'A book of exceptional emotional candour' Sunday Telegraph 'Her writing is starkly honest .. she is never less than courageous and often desperately moving' Daily Telegraph
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201 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (77)
3 24% (49)
2 5% (10)
1 2% (4)
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