Just Me Paperback – 18 Apr 2009
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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
'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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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.
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
An interesting history and biography, with healing between the lines!
Well done Sheila!
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Loved it from beginning to end! Biographies and autobiographies are not my thing - I like fiction, a good thriller.... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Sooie
I liked this enough for me to want to read "Just the Two of Us" - equally as enjoyable.Published 3 months ago by Joannie
A very interesting description account of mourning and recovery and renewal of life and a good travel book. Encouraging the reader to travel and e.orePublished 4 months ago by A. R. Henniker-gotley
A very enjoyable read. Sheila has a wonderful way with words and just keeps the reader interested. An insight into various places around the globe and thoughts on growing old.Published 4 months ago by Diana Elliott