The Two of Us : My Life with John Thaw Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 16 colour and b&w photos
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 06/06/2005
- Category: Autobiography: arts & entertainment
- ISBN: 9780747577096
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Review by Heptonj
A lovely book about an unforgettable man by a remarkable woman. Proud to have it on my bookshelf.