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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But these bands of gold stand as a reminder that she was born into a world that barely anyone remembers now. But she can at least take a good long look at life – her work and family, her beliefs (many of them the legacy of her wartime childhood) and, uncomfortable as it might be to face, her future. I enjoyed this, although I'm not a fan of celebrity autobiography, which is often very self indulgent.

She is brave although fearful and sometimes tearful but still interested in people, hugely engaged with the world and keen to promote change. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.Photograph: Pål Hansen/The Observer View image in fullscreen ‘Work keeps me going, but I also wish that wasn’t the case’: Sheila Hancock. Sheila Hancock definitely isn't letting things pass her by if they frustrate her or, as a country, we haven't learnt from previous experiences. For actors, however, retirement is rarely on the cards: most want (and need) to keep working, and Hancock is no exception. I confess I’ve not read any of her three previous efforts but, after digesting this diarised account of her latter years, I can certainly handle a bigger dose of Sheila. And then there is the revelations of a personal life lived through family bereavement, illness and crisis.

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.So refreshing to read a book with a person's views and opinions written down exactly how they said them and felt them - she wrote the book as herself and didn't try to be anything or anyone else - loved it! I liked the diary style of the book and her feisty approach to the huge challenges of the pandemic for an older person with health issues living alone.

I bought this as I have enjoyed Sheila Hancock's other books and the premise of this appealed to me. From Brexit to politicians to Covid she seems to be saying the world (and Britain in particular ) is a horrible place and she can't wait to get out of it. In the book, her view of the world is refreshing, not dead certain but tempered with the confounding burden of experience. In December 2017 in the Diary entry Sheila’s Aunt Billie had been moved into a hospital and was apparently fading fast. Its pages would, she hoped, describe fulfilment and contentment as well as how best to keep your aching back straight (believe me when I tell you that her spine would induce awe in even the sternest pilates teacher).I wish I wasn’t obsessionally work-oriented; that I didn’t feel guilty when I don’t work, or that my life is over. so rapidly over the last few decade but Sheila’s “Old Rage” is a steadfastly honest piece of writing. 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.



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