Old Rage (Paperback)
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Old Rage (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 08/06/2023
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Laid low by ill health, bereavement and lockdown, Sheila Hancock reflects upon her life and career with all the winning candour and warm-heartedness we have come to expect from the legendary actress.

Sheila Hancock looked like she was managing old age. She had weathered and even thrived in widowhood, taking on acting roles that would have been demanding for a woman half her age. She had energy, friends, a devoted family, a lovely home. She could still remember her lines. So why, at 84, having sailed past supposedly disturbing milestones - 50, 70 even 80 - without a qualm, did she suddenly feel so furious?

Shocking diagnoses, Brexit and bereavement seemed to knock her from every quarter. And that was before lockdown. Home alone, classified as 'extremely vulnerable', she finds herself yelling at the TV and talking to the pigeons. But she can at least take a good long look at life - her work and family, her beliefs (many of them the legacy of her wartime childhood) and, uncomfortable as it might be to face, her future.

In Old Rage, one of Britain's best loved actors opens up about her ninth decade. Funny, feisty, honest, she makes for brilliant company as she talks about her life as a daughter, a sister, a mother, a widow, an actor, a friend and looks at a world so different from the wartime world of her childhood. And yet - despite age, despite rage - she finds there are always reasons for joy.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526647467
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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The much-loved actor candidly shares the fear, joy and frustration she has found in her ninth decade - GUARDIAN, BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2022

This book should be required reading for EVERYONE! I was belly laughing but also reduced to tears. Sheila is the wisest of women ... I want to be Sheila Hancock when I grow up - LORRAINE KELLY

Sheila Hancock reflects upon her life and career with all the winning candour and warm-heartedness we have come to expect from the legendary actress - WATERSTONES

Sheila Hancock’s memoir Old Rage promises to be funny, feisty and honest - IRISH INDEPENDENT, BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2022

A warm and thoughtful memoirist ... Hancock discovers many reasons for joy and optimism - and you're quite likely to find yourself nodding in agreement with her. - WOMAN & HOME, The best non-fiction books to read in 2022 to inspire and enthral

Entertaining - SPECTATOR

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Kid Ferrous

“Unapologetic, irrepressible and a must-read.”

In her latest book, the grand dame of British acting, Sheila Hancock, takes vicious yet educated swipes at Brexit, bereavement, British television and the state of the nation compared to her wartime childhood.
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“Sheila Hancock - Old Rage”

A very moving book, written from the heart. I enjoyed reading this book very much. You felt as if you were sitting in a room with Sheila, having a chat. Sheila doesn't shy away from stating her opinions, or... More

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“Honest..Funny and A Great Read”

I love Sheila Hancock and this book did not disappoint,brutally honest but with humour,wit and what I would expect from a wonderfully person.We all feel this way at some time or another,and I could relate to so much... More

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