The Two of Us : My Life with John Thaw, Hardback

The Two of Us : My Life with John Thaw Hardback


When John Thaw, star of The Sweeney and Inspector Morse, died from cancer in 2002, a nation lost one of its finest actors.

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 John 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 Sheila describes their love - weathering overwork and the pressures of celebrity, drink and cancer - with honesty and piercing intelligence.

The Two of Us is a remarkable book - a biography of a born actor and a tender, often heartbreaking memoir of a marriage. Full of insight and vivid memories, it evokes two lives lived to the utmost.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Television
  • ISBN: 9780747570202



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