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

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

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

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However, her enquiring mind never ceases to scrutinise the after-effects of Covid-19 and Brexit while politics tops the list with shoddy government, weak politicians, inept prime ministers, poor decision making, and lack of support for the education system. I may not have agreed with all her views - I did agree with nearly 95% of them - but I relished the fact that - as Sheila says - in this age of cancel culture, she was still able and willing to share her views - its as it should be! Absolutely brilliant book and certainly reflects many of the feelings I and my friends felt (and are still feeling) during Covid and even now.

When Sheila went to the hospital the next day her ninety three Aunt Billie quietly had let go of her grasp on 18th December. There was much to admire about the diary style reflections of Sheila in her 80s eg rants about Brexit and the impact of Covid. In my opinion, I did feel there was too much ranting about politics and Brexit for my taste, but it’s clearly a passionate topic for her.Sheila remembered she had spent the most happiest days of her childhood in her Auntie Bill and Uncle Roy’s minuscule flat on the Rue d’Amsterdam.

In December 2017 in the Diary entry Sheila’s Aunt Billie had been moved into a hospital and was apparently fading fast.Hancock, who kept wondering why the producers hadn’t cast Judi Dench until she found herself lying in a freezing cold sleeping bag 2,000 feet up on the side of a mountain, believes she is the oldest person ever to have done this – though as she admits in Old Rage, the short flight in the helicopter that retrieved her from the summit was, in the end, far more terrifying than the climb.

Photograph: Pål Hansen/The Observer View image in fullscreen ‘Work keeps me going, but I also wish that wasn’t the case’: Sheila Hancock. I would have preferred more about her as a person and her life and career, but maybe she’s done that in her previous books. Growing up as the horrors of WWII unravelled, getting a job in Paris at 14, hitchhiking around Europe with a friend at 16, climbing a mountain at 84.At first I was a little unsettled by the format - it is loose and fluid like a conversation which switches backwards and forwards between dates and ideas. Views about Brexit, universal education, decent pay for NHS staff…punctuate memories of the author’s life, her family, her life on stage and the actors and mortals she has met along the way. Written during lockdown, “Old Rage” was born out of this extended time of isolation, giving Sheila time to reflect on her acting career, her family and her strongly-held beliefs; many of which might surprise or even offend some readers, but Sheila Hancock tells it like it is. Some topics I didn't know, like her late husband actor John Thaw, her daughters, her bolt-hole home in France, and many luvvie friends (her words) mentioned in lively anecdotes.

As a Quaker one might expect a less judgmental and more forgiving soul than Shelia Hancock portrays herself to be. so rapidly over the last few decade but Sheila’s “Old Rage” is a steadfastly honest piece of writing. However, I didn't enjoy the ramblings about famous people that I don't know and repetitive references to her war upbringing. In her gut, though, she knows where she belongs: “If I see a gang of kids in the street I’m not a bit frightened.In her latest book, the grand dame of British acting, Sheila Hancock, takes vicious yet educated swipes at Brexit, bereavement, British television and the state of the nation compared to her wartime childhood. 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. Following the death of her husband, John Thaw, she wrote a memoir of their marriage, The Two of Us , which was a no.

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