- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Virgin Books (13 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753541408
- ISBN-13: 978-0753541401
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.9 x 1.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Just a Mo: My Story Paperback – 13 Feb 2014
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"A no-holds-barred autobiography ... Laila's extraordinary life story has had more twists and turns than all the plot lines in her 13 years on Albert Square." (Mirror)
When your everyday life is filled with violence, drugs and strife, you can’t lose your head – you’ve just got to get on with it.
Growing up in south-east London in the 1950s, Maureen ‘Mo’ Oldman – a.k.a. Laila Morse – was a million miles away from the celebrity world she would later inhabit as the queen of EastEnders. Life was hard – too hard to worry about what the future had to hold. Pregnant at seventeen, Laila soon had her hands full of troubles, and little inclination to go looking for more.
But trouble has a way of tracking you down, no matter how old you get or what you’ve done with your life. Aged fifty, Laila gave acting a shot, taking on a role in her brother Gary’s film – which only happened to be the BAFTA-winning Nil by Mouth. It turned her whole world on its head.
But success isn’t everything. Family is. Filled with bitter heartache – and hope – this is her amazing story.
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But there is much more to Laila Morse the actress than Mo Harris. She made her film debut in her brother's movie 'Nil By Mouth' in 1997 and won the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Her other film credits include the crime comedy 'Love, Honour and Obey', starring Sadie Frost, Johnny Lee Miller, Jude Law and Ray Winston.
I recently saw Laila being interviewed on television and she made me laugh. When I saw that she had written an autobiography, I decided to give it a go despite not knowing a great deal about her private life. From the moment I picked it up and started reading, it made me laugh out loud. Her childhood memories and what she got up to when she was young make for very entertaining reading.
As her life goes on, we read about the sad times including her troubled first marriage and her own son's battle with drugs and crime. Laila has never had things easy but she comes across as a brave, determined woman with nothing to hide. Her attitude to life is inspirational.
Laila has left EastEnders full time now and I'm glad that she can concentrate on other work, she has made two films in the past three years and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this considerable actress.
'Juat A Mo' was a fantastic read and a refreshing change to see someone write a book these days who actually has a story to tell.
the actress until i read it.Well..what a great read,i couldnt put it down,she comes across as a very nice genuine person,loves her kids,her dad abandoning the family,how it affected her -rejected,then reconciled with him.The book also includes her bad marriage experiences-and love again in her 60s.She is a person i would describe as [Real],she tells it like it is,a very enjoyable book and i would strongly recommend it.
Reading her book ..get it ..
I will definitely recommend this. This lady is a real trooper and been through ups and downs but always sees the lighter side... love her!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent condition very pleased with it arrived on time would definitely recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Diane Scarlett
One of the best, the funniest and sometimes sad books I've read. Only Laila Morse would be so honest and frank. Love the lady and loved reading Just a Mo.Published 4 months ago by BN
Easy reading but hard to put down, thoroughly enjoyed it, Laila's life could make a good film, Gary to direct?Published 6 months ago by Audi
Absolutely brilliant love her down to earth character that she truly is a definite must read... hilarious also.. Read morePublished 8 months ago by anonymous