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Old Rage: 'One of our best-loved actor's powerful riposte to a world driving her mad’ - DAILY MAIL

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Sheila Hancock is full of mature age rage and rants against the system, writing on a wide range of subjects.

But six months later I went to a place where I used to get my nails done, and there it was, hanging on the peg, as if to say: how dare you leave me behind? At Lisson Grove market [near Paddington], the traders are all [she slips into cockney] ‘Allo, Sheila! Sheila Hancock is one of Britain's most highly regarded and popular actors, and received an OBE for services to drama in 1974 and a CBE in 2011. This book however is like a diary, where Sheila has mixed what has happened within that year and flips back to her past younger years of what happened.She remembers the war, she has direct memory of how people behaved and cause that we, as a human condition, caused one another and how long it took to rebuild bridges. She has suffered loss and sadness, and currently has rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, but doesn't stop her maintaining a firm grip on life and learning. Aged 83, Sheila climbed Suilven, a mountain in the Scottish highlands, portraying the character of Edie, a stubborn woman with a long-held desire to climb the mountain.

What I loved most of all though was the sense of a long life, the witness to events - a world war, and to stars of the stage from long ago…Kenneth More, Kenneth Williams, James Mason.

The building of many new houses threatens the tranquility of her beloved French house, then Britain votes to leave the common market, the horror of the Grenfell disaster and what it reveals about English politicians, and then isolation in her home during the Covid pandemic, devastating for someone who loves to connect with people.

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