- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition, Third edition (1 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091938899
- ISBN-13: 978-0091938895
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother: My Autobiography Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011
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"Warm, fascinating but brutally honest memoir."--The Mirror
"Candid, affectionate memoir."--Mail on Sunday
"Johnston's unadorned prose style, blending tender personal recollection with just enough showbiz gossip to season the narrative, is like listening to her chatting to you over a cup of tea. Which I suspect is just how the author would wish it."--Mail on Sunday
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There are of course the tales of the television work that Sue has done, and I will admit I wanted a little more than the snippets we got, but there is a huge amount of stuff in store for anyone picking up this book, and I don't just mean the stories of her mother. Sue struggled to find what she wanted to do after her childhood, which sounded wonderful, and after a stint at the Tax Office she found herself hanging out at The Cavern in Liverpool with The Beatles and working for Brian Epstein's company where she discovered `The Hippy Hippy Shake'. We look at her two marriages, being a single working mother (and the struggles that could bring) as well as her political involvement with the Labour Party and how she protested and rallied for the miners and gay rights. Sue Johnston is a woman with a lot more going on than just being a wonderful actress who has become a national treasure.
The heart of Sue's thoughts and memories are really those of her mother though.Read more ›
It is a first class read and one I would reccomend to any one who, like me, enjoys seeing Sue on the small or large screen.
a wonderfully versatile actress who can do comedy as well as drama - she has hardly been off our screens since 1983.
immensely private about her life over the years - sue now tells the story of her early upbringing, her days with the beatles and her ongoing career. wonderfully illustrated and well written - a must read for her fans and people who love autobiographies!!!
Although Sue Johnston is now more famous as Barbara Royle from the Royle Family, she will always be Sheila Grant to me. I loved the Grants. Sheila and Bobby and three children Barry, Damon and Karen. I had a massive crush on Barry Grant played by Paul Usher.
Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother published by Ebury Press is Sue Johnston's memoir and it's a warm and honest read. You can almost hear Sue's voice as she tells of her childhood, her relationship with her parents, her marriages and her career. What struck me the most is the fact that Sue has stayed 'real' throughout her career, despite the success and the fame and the OBE, she never strayed far from her roots and never lost that no nonsense attitude or her belief in social justice.
Sue's relationship with her Mother is a theme that runs throughout the book, they loved each other, of that there is no doubt, but it was never an easy love. Sue never felt that her Mother was proud of what she did and knew deep down that if she had married a plumber, stayed at home and had two kids, her Mother would have been happier.
Despite this, their relationship was strong and her recollection of their last days together is very moving.
This is not a showbiz gossipy type of memoir, although Sue has many famous friends, this is a story about a real woman, who achieved her dream and has stayed through to herself