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The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw by Sheila Hancock

By Sheila Hancock

While John Thaw, megastar of The Sweeney and Inspector Morse, died from melanoma in 2002, a kingdom misplaced considered one of its most interesting actors. Sheila Hancock misplaced a cherished husband. during this exact double biography she chronicles their lives - own undefined, jointly and aside. John Thaw was once born in Manchester, the son of a lorry motive force. while he arrived at RADA on a scholarship he felt an interloper. in reality his timing was once ideal: it used to be the sixties and tv was once starting to make its mark. along with his roles in Z-Cars and The Sweeney, popularity got here speedy. however it used to be John's position as Morse that made him an icon. In 1974 John married Sheila Hancock, with whom he shared a working-class heritage and a RADA schooling. Sheila was once already the famous person of the television sequence The Rag alternate and went directly to develop into the 1st girl creative director on the RSC. Theirs was once a occasionally turbulent, consistently passionate dating, and Sheila describes their love - weathering overwork and the pressures of big name, drink and melanoma - with honesty and piercing intelligence. the 2 folks is a striking booklet - a biography of a born actor and a young, frequently heartbreaking memoir of a wedding. packed with perception and brilliant stories, it conjures up lives lived to the maximum.

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The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw

While John Thaw, celebrity of The Sweeney and Inspector Morse, died from melanoma in 2002, a country misplaced certainly one of its best actors. Sheila Hancock misplaced a liked husband. during this particular double biography she chronicles their lives - own undefined, jointly and aside. John Thaw used to be born in Manchester, the son of a lorry driving force.

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The stones rained in on us in the darkness and for the first time in my life I saw my mother nakedly weeping. ‘Not again. ’ Mass evacuation started. There was the possibility of us going to America, but when Dad heard that the little Princesses were staying put in London he decided so would my sister and I. My father was put on secret work for Vickers and joined the ARP, whilst my mother continued to work at the shop. Business as usual. Even the local police station had a notice saying ‘Stay good.

We had just adapted our way of life to this when the V-2 or rocket came on the scene. Their approach was silent but they caused a massive explosion and extensive damage. At least with the normal air-raids you had warning and could take shelter, but these were lethally unpredictable. So off I went again. This time to Crewkerne in Somerset, accompanied by my mother to keep an eye on me. I was billeted on a distant relative who was a medium and fascinated by my aura. I, in turn, was fascinated by a boy called Keith.

We were like a couple of kids. Agog at all the luxury, you’d think we’d be used to it by now but we still feel they might turn us out if we misbehave. Which we did in the privacy of our luxury suite. My sister and I were billeted in Wallingford, then in Berkshire later to be transplanted into Oxfordshire, on an old couple called Mr and Mrs Giles. They had no children but doted on a snuffly Pekinese called Dainty, who rode in the basket of Mrs Giles’s sit-up-and-beg bicycle. Dogs they understood.

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