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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheila Hancock Narrator: Sheila Hancock Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN:
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When John Thaw, star of The Sweeney and Inspector Morse, died from cancer in 2002, a nation lost one of its finest actors, and Sheila Hancock lost a beloved husband. In this unique double biography she chronicles their lives, personal and professional, together and apart, growing up and growing older.

John Thaw was born in Manchester, the son of a lorry driver. When he arrived at RADA on a scholarship he felt an outsider. In fact his timing was perfect: it was the sixties and television was beginning to make its mark. With his roles in Z-Cars and The Sweeney, fame came quickly. But it was John's role as Morse that made him an icon. In 1974 he married Sheila Hancock, with whom he shared a working-class background and a RADA education. Sheila was already the star of the TV series The Rag Trade and went on to become the first woman artistic director at the RSC.

Theirs was a sometimes turbulent, always passionate relationship, and in this remarkable book Sheila describes their love, weathering overwork and the pressures of celebrity, drink, and cancer, with honesty and piercing intelligence, and evokes two lives lived to the utmost.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ametis | 1/2/2014

    " Wonderfully Touching , memories came flooding back "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce Clark | 1/1/2014

    " I did enjoy reading this but she did include a lot of political history. I didn't want to know about that but she is so policital herself I suppose she thought this was relevent to their story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 1/1/2014

    " A very well structured, double biography/autobiography. Sheila writes really well, and with much feeling. The characters are very alive on the pages and her relationship with John is one of real love, which really shines out. I want one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 12/28/2013

    " a lovely memior of a wonderful English actor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey-jane | 12/19/2013

    " Loved this book. Really should be 4.5 stars, ( I never give 5 stars). Beautifully written by John Thaw's wife who totally adored him. Was so sad at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Maloney | 12/17/2013

    " Very well written. It also includes the politics of the time as an absorbing backdrop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 12/14/2013

    " Very moving account of the relationship between Sheila Hancock and John Thaw. Made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Simpkins | 11/28/2013

    " A great book about a great man. Pleased to have met them both many times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 11/27/2013

    " The inclusion of current diary entries interspersed in the narrative spoiled the flow for me & I found the author quite prickly & unlikeable which affected my enjoyment of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/22/2013

    " Loved this book but Iam a huge fan of John Thaw "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Whittle | 10/2/2013

    " A wonderful insight into the lives of 2 superb actors and tenderly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Patterson | 8/27/2013

    " Fantastic book, made me laugh and cry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 8/23/2013

    " I loved this book. Sheila Hancock is a very strong woman and great actress and it soon becomes apparent she is more than capable of writing too. Her description of love for her partner, actor John Thaw is deeply moving and his sad loss from cancer is a very raw and tragic piece of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry Dwyer | 7/1/2013

    " I loved this book. I don't usually read memoirs but Sheil Hancock's writing made this far more accessible. I felt like I had sat down with a good friend to be told stories of their life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 6/7/2013

    " Quite unexpectedly, this book consumed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 5/6/2013

    " A Heartrendingly beautiful account of a marriage and a touching tribute to the great John Thaw. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Arkless | 12/18/2012

    " Started this this morning while waiting for my daughter during her tennis lesson. I love Hancock's style. It reads as if she is talking to you, telling you about her life and that of her husband. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Gunn | 8/5/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and was very sad when I had finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/22/2012

    " Great... and more so if you are acquainted w/ plays and the theater.... very interesting reading how Hancock deals w/ so much adversity in her life... too bad Frfx Co Library does not have this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Dehany | 1/21/2012

    " Nice technique of alternating "present" diary entries and retrospective narration. Heartstringtugging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Chambers | 1/9/2012

    " Lovely book. She ties present and past together through the lines of a poem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 10/7/2011

    " Made me love him more... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 8/20/2011

    " Quite a good biography of two British actors. Both actors with similiar background. The book shows what struggle is living with person who is fighting cancer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 4/10/2011

    " Quite a good biography of two British actors. Both actors with similiar background. The book shows what struggle is living with person who is fighting cancer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/19/2011

    " Loved this book but Iam a huge fan of John Thaw "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/9/2010

    " Great... and more so if you are acquainted w/ plays and the theater.... very interesting reading how Hancock deals w/ so much adversity in her life... too bad Frfx Co Library does not have this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 1/16/2010

    " Nice technique of alternating "present" diary entries and retrospective narration. Heartstringtugging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 11/29/2009

    " I loved this book. Sheila Hancock is a very strong woman and great actress and it soon becomes apparent she is more than capable of writing too. Her description of love for her partner, actor John Thaw is deeply moving and his sad loss from cancer is a very raw and tragic piece of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 3/28/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book and was very sad when I had finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 7/18/2007

    " A very well structured, double biography/autobiography. Sheila writes really well, and with much feeling. The characters are very alive on the pages and her relationship with John is one of real love, which really shines out. I want one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 5/2/2007

    " Quite unexpectedly, this book consumed me. "

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