The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw

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A&C Black, Aug 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages

When John Thaw, star of The Sweeney and Inspector Morse, died from cancer in 2002, a nation lost one of its finest actors and Sheila Hancock lost a beloved husband. In this unique double biography she chronicles their lives - personal and professional, together and apart.

John Thaw was born in Manchester, the son of a lorry driver. When he arrived at RADA on a scholarship he felt an outsider. In fact his timing was perfect: it was the sixties and television was beginning to make its mark. With his roles in Z-Cars and The Sweeney, fame came quickly. But it was John's role as Morse that made him an icon. In 1974 he married Sheila Hancock, with whom he shared a working-class background and a RADA education. Sheila was already the star of the TV series The Rag Trade and went on to become the first woman artistic director at the RSC. Theirs was a sometimes turbulent, always passionate relationship, and in this remarkable book Sheila describes their love - weathering overwork and the pressures of celebrity, drink and cancer - with honesty and piercing intelligence, and evokes two lives lived to the utmost.


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THE TWO OF US: My Life with John Thaw

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Devoted personal remembrance of the author's tumultuous 28-year marriage to the brilliant, troubled British actor who died, at age 60, in 2002. A well-know actress in her own right, Hancock was born ... Read full review

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Have the tissues ready as you read this. A cleverly assembled book in which you can hear both voices. Read full review


The Girl
The Adolescent
The Teenager
The Student
Another Student
The Young Woman
When the Journey Was Rough
It Took
It Took Two of
It Takes Care
It Takes Patience
Fear and Despair
You Came Through

The Young
The Woman
So What About Love?
A Single Woman
Thought One Was Enough Its Not True

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About the author (2009)

Sheila Hancock was born in 1933 and attended RADA before embarking on a successful career in acting, both on stage and screen. She was awarded the OBE in 1974. Sheila Hancock lives in London.

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