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

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The book opens well with some cracking stories and I settled down for what I thought would be a really good read. She is irreverent and funny when she refers to politicians and entertaining when she looks back at different actors that she has worked with over the years. Having just gone through the Covid Pandemic on my own myself I did find it a bit depressing but her spirit is still going strong. Whilst I’m sure she’s a very nice lady to be commended for her many and varied accomplishments including mountain climbing aged 83, raising 3 daughters whilst maintaining a career and a marriage to an alcoholic but the incessant opinionated ranting and disparaging remarks about public figures she doesn’t approve of or like is tiresome. Her gift for directly communicating the open-heartedness and spirit of adventure with which she confronts her life .

Hancock discovers many reasons for joy and optimism - and you're quite likely to find yourself nodding in agreement with her. John was abandoned by his mother, and it dominated his life to a certain extent, certainly his relationships. I watched a film clip on YouTube and was in awe of Sheila's determination which she talks about in the book. I wish I wasn’t obsessionally work-oriented; that I didn’t feel guilty when I don’t work, or that my life is over.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. She remembers the war, she has direct memory of how people behaved and cause that we, as a human condition, caused one another and how long it took to rebuild bridges.

Sheila Hancock shares her story and unflinchingly examines her life and all that comes with it, flaws, mistakes and all. I didn't get any of the humour that Hancock usually has when being interviewed or in her previous books. There was much to admire about the diary style reflections of Sheila in her 80s eg rants about Brexit and the impact of Covid.Names familiar and less familiar all get mentions into how their paths crossed and the impact those others have had on the arts.

Suilven and spoke my heart “I did not feel diminished, a tiny human in the vast world, I felt part of it. Big Thank you so much to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for a digital copy of this book this book was a real treat and I loved it. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Old Rage by Sheila Hancock was a funny and excellent book and still looking great at OMG 89 years old and still got her wits about her.

So refreshing to read a book with a person's views and opinions written down exactly how they said them and felt them - she wrote the book as herself and didn't try to be anything or anyone else - loved it! 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. This is a lady who has seen World War, learned to use Zoom and WhatsApp, acted on stage with the greats and walks the deserted streets of London during the pandemic.

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