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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (18 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747598509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747598503
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Raven is a broadcaster, teacher and writer. She has made regular appearances on Gardeners' World, the BBC's flagship gardening programme; she runs her own cookery and gardening school at Perch Hill in East Sussex; and she is the author of The Cutting Garden, Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook (which was the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Book of the Year 2008) and Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas.
Jonathan Buckley specialises in garden and plant photography and has been working with Sarah Raven, taking photographs at Perch Hill, for ten years. He was awarded the title Garden Writers' Guild Features Photographer of the Year in 2004.


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'Heartbreakingly moving wise, funny and deeply touching' Daily Mail 'The thousands of people - many of them widows - will again find solace and comfort in what she has to tell them. But so will many others - those who warm to her gift for directly communicating the open-heartedness and spirit of adventure with which she confronts her life It is the stuff of bestsellers' Joan Bakewell, Guardian 'A bright, often witty account of a life moving forward. She tells her story with youthful vigour' Woman's Weekly 'Glorious' Paul O'Grady

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'Written with wit, warmth and insight, Sheila's new book describes moving on, looking at life anew, as well as looking back.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. J. Smith on 16 Jan 2009
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I loved `The Two of Us', Sheila's autobiography of her life with John Thaw, and felt doubtful that she could recreate the warmth and quality of this book in a volume entirely about herself and her dealings with widowhood. However, I've never been more wrong - this is an honest, enlightening account of her experiences as a widow, which has inspired me more than any other book I have ever read. Sheila's spirit, her vivacity and sheer courage are alive on every page, and I found myself reading this as slowly as possible, in order to savour every word. It's hard to believe this feisty chick is 75 years old!
This book should be prescribed on the NHS to the depressed, the recently-bereaved and the down-at-heart, as it's more soul-soothing than any self-help book. Please carry on writing Sheila; you're as good an author as you are an actress!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. E. Collings on 6 April 2009
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Having read 'The Two of Us" and loved Sheila's writing, I had to read this too and it is joy. My heart broke for her all over again on several occasions and I did hug my husband more tightly after reading it.
But this is not just about widowhood, although it would be so very helpful to someone in that situation.
Sheila has such a light touch and her intelligence, sensitivity and sense of fun leap from the page.
Don't be put off by thinking this is a depressing book about a widow - it is so much more than that. It is by turns heartbreaking, thought provoking, informative, inspirational and ultimately, uplifting.
Thank you Sheila for a beautifully written, highly enjoyable book. xxx
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By H. Carlton on 25 Sep 2008
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This account by Sheila Hancock of how she coped with widowhood is honest, gripping and nicely-written.
I am not sure who it is intended for....other widows, perhaps, who might (while they are reading this) aquire a little of Mrs Thaw's courage in getting out there after deciding that life, what's left of it, is worth living after all.
It might help other women who find themselves in her situation.
And any single person who travels will sympathise and identify with her graphic account of how it feels to walk into a hotel restaurant for dinner and a table for one. (Take a book!)
I think she's gutsy, and a good writer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. J. Doughty on 16 Feb 2009
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There is more to Miss Hancock than simply being Mrs Thaw. If you want a kiss & tell celeb biog don't bother reading this. If you want intelligent writing & interesting reading I would recommend this book. Sheila Hancock reveals the person behind the public persona - you see who she is rather than what she does. The book follows her travels to places of personal significance, the emotional ups & downs, the people she meets. She is very honest about her feelings, which can't have been easy at times. I hope her autobiography turns into a trilogy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Elizabeth Wight on 18 Feb 2009
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Following "The Two of US", "Just Me" is real heart to heart, but not on sleeve stuff! Sheila puts into words such pain and feelings experienced by all (and we all do) going through bereavement, without condescention, negative self-pity, and with very positive and supportive confirmation... I don't think she set out to be a psychiatric social worker, but nobody does it better!
An interesting history and biography, with healing between the lines!
Well done Sheila!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By The Kinniburgh Kid on 29 Oct 2008
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Authors reading their own work can sometimes be a mistake, but not in this case.

Sheila Hancock delivers her words as if she is saying them for the first time, giving me, the listener, the sort of intimate experience the work deserves. It is like listening to an audio letter from an old, dear friend.

There is much more to this than simply learning to go on holiday or eat in a restart alone - as much of the publicity surrounding the launch suggested - and it will bear repeat listening.

She is clearly a very interesting, intelligent woman, not something you can say about all actresses, and her tales of times old and recent make up a revealing, but definitely not sensationalistic, picture of someone I wished I'd known better before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By littleskippy on 12 Jan 2009
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I bought this book recently and read it in 3 days - a very good, moving read. I have been to some of the places she mentions in her book and it felt as if I was there with her. Overall a very uplifting book. Thank you Sheila and Good Luck for the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Capp on 1 Mar 2009
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I really enjoyed this book by Sheila Hancock, all the places she travelled to, I believe the reader is on that travel journey.

Provence sounded very nice and telling us about Milan I thought was great.

Of course Sheila had appeared on the BBC 2 programme called WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE and that was real good television. So as I read about Milan and Bexleyheath I could picture in my mind all these things that had been featured in the BBC 2 programme.

As you know Sheila's husband was the actor John Thaw who appeared in a lot of programmes and I thought he was a brilliant actor.

Sheila has many talents and I hope that she will write another book very soon.

I've given the book five stars I think it deserves a lot more than that and for anyone who has not read the book then you are in for a good read.

One word sums it up - Fantastic and all the best to Sheila.
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