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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007485875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007485871
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phyllida Law has appeared in numerous plays, television series and films, including Peter's Friends, Much Ado about Nothing, Foyle's War and Kingdom. She was married to Eric Thompson, the writer and narrator of the English version of The Magic Roundabout, until his death in 1982. She has two daughters, Emma and Sophie. 'Notes to my Mother-in-Law was her first book'.

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Praise for ‘How Many Camels Are There in Holland?’:

‘Handling delicate material with a clear head and a loving heart, Law manages to turn the stuff of tragedies into the most delicate of comedies … Law’s technique ought to be studied on writing courses.’ Daily Telegraph

‘I doubted that I could ever read anything that would make me smile gently at the tragic reality of caring for a beloved family member who slips away before your eyes becoming a stranger. Yet Phyllida Law has provided such a book …’ BOOK OF THE WEEK, Daily Mail

‘Phyllida Law has a delightfully natural style, a gift for anecdote and the knack of seeing the funny side of pretty much everything. Someone so accomplished could write a book about their weekly trip to the supermarket and make it highly amusing … funny, brave and heartening.’ Spectator

‘So much merriment courses through Phyllida Law’s account of looking after her mother … Many of their exchanges belong in an Alan Bennett play.’ Daily Telegraph

Praise for ‘Notes to My Mother-in-Law’:

‘I just sat down and read it straight through and cried. Dreadfully funny and incredibly touching.’ Joanna Lumley

‘Moving, funny, enchanting. A beautiful, original portrayal of family life.’ Sheila Hancock

‘Something quite splendid, new and unforgettable.’ Stephen Fry

‘Wonderful, warm, witty and wise. Just like the author.’ Ben Elton

About the Author

Phyllida Thompson has appeared in numerous plays, television series and films, including ‘Peter's Friends’, ‘Much Ado about Nothing’, ‘Foyle's War’ and ‘Kingdom’. She was married to Eric Thompson, the writer and narrator of the English version of ‘The Magic Roundabout’, until his death in 1982. She has two daughters, Emma and Sophie. ‘Notes to my Mother-in-Law’ was her first book.


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 26 April 2014
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This book is an inspiring book, full of little kindnesses, in which people of all ages will at some point in their life be able to connect with a lot of the happenings through it. I hav'nt read a book in a while and found it's little bites of stories, filling in the family history very compelling and kept me turning the pages. It made me sad, but I also laughed out loud at times too because one of the things about life is, however dark or challenging, if you can laugh, well, it gets you through. I found it made me think about my mum, and I found the last line very poignant.
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By WILLOW on 11 July 2014
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good simple read.
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By Onzo on 8 July 2014
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Very unusal but pleasant read
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By Mr. B. W. Haynes VINE VOICE on 1 July 2014
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Anyone who has looked after or lived with a relative or friend with memory loss will identify with the writer of this book, many laughs and smiles will be experienced, but tears may be shed whilst reading the final pages, many of your own memories will be triggered.
So true to life only someone who has experienced first hand the problems that age brings to many of us will appreciate this book, however others will enjoy Phyllida's unique writing style and personal memories.
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By Anthony E. Wyatt on 24 Jun 2014
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One book I could not put down,a great strory of her life and her Mum anf daughters. So much to lfe, and so natural. I see that Phyllida has been given the OBE Great news
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By M. E. Crowe on 24 Jun 2014
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I thought this book was great. I have now recommended it to my friends. Although I could share but want to keep for myself!
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By Book worm on 22 Jun 2014
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Having just read two very sad books I really enjoyed this book. Well written and lots to made you laugh it suited my sense of humour. Good reading
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By Cindy on 19 Jun 2014
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A great book I bought it after seeing it on the Paul ogrady showit sounded like a good laugh and it was
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