Letter To Louise

Letter To Louise

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In 1964, in a bare room in Waterloo, a young actress gave her baby for adoption. They were to be parted for more than twenty years. The actress was Pauline Collins. The baby was her daughter Louise. Letter to Louise is a poignant, yet often funny, memoir of the months leading up to that day in Waterloo. In it, Pauline Collins recalls the idyllic time spent in rep in Killarney, playing in a different play every night, seven days a week, living in digs - and falling in love. After the season had finished, she found she was pregnant. Frightened and alone now, she decided to have the baby, hiding the fact from family, agents and friends. Going to ground, she waited for the baby to be born in a home for unmarried mothers, buoyed up by the kindness and humour of the other residents, and the nuns who cared for them. Yet she soon came to realise that she had no choice but to give her daughter away. Reluctantly she got on with life, finally achieving success and personal happiness. But she never forgot Louise and their story has the ultimate happy ending - the day they were reunited twenty-two years later.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 15mm | 169g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552167991
  • 9780552167994

Review quote

"It must have been the hardest letter anyone had to write, and is undeniably moving, yet Pauline Collins' hallmark, her humour, keeps everything moving at a swift pace - it is hard to put down" Choice "Warm, funny and deeply moving" Sunday Express "Completely fascinating" Good Housekeepingshow more

About Pauline Collins

Pauline Collins lives in London with her husband, fellow actor John Alderton, and their three children. She has acted in such notable successes as Upstairs Downstairs, No Honestly and Forever Green. She created the title role in Shirley Valentine on stage and on screen, for which she received both the Tony and Olivier Awards, was nominated for an Oscar and won the British Academy Award.show more

Review Text

"It must have been the hardest letter anyone had to write, and is undeniably moving, yet Pauline Collins' hallmark, her humour, keeps everything moving at a swift pace - it is hard to put down"show more

Back cover copy

In 1964, in a bare room in Waterloo, a young actress gave her baby for adoption.They were to be parted for more than twenty years.The actress was Pauline Collins.The baby was her daughter Louise. Letter to Louise is a poignant, yet often funny, memoir of the months leading up to that day in Waterloo.In it, Pauline Collins recalls the idyllic time spent in rep in Killarney, playing in a different play every night, seven days a week, living in digs - and falling in love.After the season had finished, she found she was pregnant.Frightened and alone now, she decided to have the baby, hiding the fact from family, agents and friends. Going to ground, she waited for the baby to be born in a home for unmarried mothers, buoyed up by the kindness and humour of the other residents, and the nuns who cared for them.Yet she soon came to realise that she had no choice but to give her daughter away. Reluctantly she got on with life, finally achieving success and personal happiness.But she never forgot Louise and their story has the ultimate happy ending - the day they were reunited twenty-two years later.show more

Rating details

15 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 20% (3)
4 47% (7)
3 27% (4)
2 7% (1)
1 0% (0)
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