The story of a remarkable woman - the story of our times. A stunning debut novel from iconic actor and bestselling author Sheila Hancock.
Sheila Hancock is one of Britain's most highly regarded and popular actors, and received an OBE for services to drama in 1974 and a CBE in 2011. Since the 1950s she has enjoyed a career across film, television, theatre and radio. Her first big television role was in the BBC sitcom The Rag Trade in the early 1960s. She has directed and acted for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Her first book, Ramblings of an Actress, was published in 1987. Following the death of her husband, John Thaw, Sheila Hancock wrote a memoir of their marriage, The Two of Us, which was a no. 1 bestseller and won the British Book Award for Author of the Year in 2004. Her memoir of her widowhood, Just Me, also a bestseller, was published in 2008. She lives in London and France.
There is more than a touch of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie about
the book ... Carter is an original and convincing character and
Hancock would be perfect for the part in a film of the book * Daily
A vivid portrait of the fast-changing life in post-war Britain. Nostalgic and moving * Woman & Home *
She has a vocation for putting into words the alienation that age and grief bring. The audience for her previous books will be delighted by this one **** * Daily Telegraph *
A very accomplished tale of a former French resistance heroine who devotes herself to a career as a teacher and social activist. A sweeping story of events of the 20th century, it's well written and rich in historic detail * Sunday Mirror *
A powerful portrait of Britain * Prima *
An immensely enjoyable, passionately written saga that is destined to become a favourite with book clubbers, desperate for nostalgia and a courageous, clever, chic heroine ... With honesty and humanity, Hancock, a pacifist, creates a compelling portrait of education in post-war Britain * Herald *
A naturally gifted writer * Sunday Times *
An ambitious novel that combines real events and real people with fictional characters. It's full of heart and is very moving * Woman's Weekly *
Sheila Hancock has created an inspiring character - and a compelling portrait of Britain ***** * The Lady *
A sprawling epic ... Engaging from the start, this is a novel of love, loss, politics, history and most importantly the power of friendship. A rich and absorbing story you won't want to put down **** * Daily Express *
She is an immensely likeable lady with a wonderful talent to entertain and an ability to write ... Funny, touching and brilliantly written * Daily Mail Books of the Year *
The book is terrific and shining through it is the spirit of Sheila herself: brave, indomitable and full of a desire to change the world * Daily Express Richard and Judy *