Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother: A Memoir
'Seeing Mum lying in a hospital bed, in what would be the last few days of her life, it was hard to marry her with the mother I had known. She allowed me to help her in a way that she would have normally rebuffed. She was not the mother who had constantly battled with her own emotions, and with her inability to express them without anger, fear or regret. To say that throughout my life we hadn't always seen eye to eye might be something of an understatement...' Sue Johnston has become a part of our lives with her roles in shows such as Brookside, The Royle Family and Waking the Dead. Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother is Sue's wonderfully compelling autobiography. Sue recounts her working-class Liverpudlian childhood; her teenage years in the Sixties, where she worked for Brian Epstein and was friends with the Beatles; and her acting success over the last three decades with her central roles on British TV. But it is in her often-difficult relationship with her mother that Sue has measured her life. After nursing her mother in her final months, and with her own son recently married, Sue is able to revisit her life and assess just what it was that she couldn't tell her mother, and to ask herself why. Combining the humorous Liverpudlian storytelling of Paul O'Grady and Ricky Tomlinson, with the exploration of a life-long relationship seen in the memoirs of Roberta Taylor, Sheila Hancock and Dawn French, Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother is a rich and profoundly moving read.
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