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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She covers everything in old age from the loneliness and aches and pains to rage at the body that once did so much but now can’t, and the strange society that we’re all making our way through. Sheila Hancock is full of mature age rage and rants against the system, writing on a wide range of subjects. How “Brexit”, something she loathed, affected that scenario and its impact generally is emotionally covered.

Oh, I do agree – and the wonderful thing about getting older is that you can be a bit cantankerous and odd. Whilst I’m sure she’s a very nice lady to be commended for her many and varied accomplishments including mountain climbing aged 83, raising 3 daughters whilst maintaining a career and a marriage to an alcoholic but the incessant opinionated ranting and disparaging remarks about public figures she doesn’t approve of or like is tiresome. Following the death of her husband, John Thaw, she wrote a memoir of their marriage, The Two of Us , which was a no. And then we join her through COVID; what it was like being told that you are extremely vulnerable and then being forced to live in isolation. 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.

I realised that maybe I wasn’t as much of a wordsmith as I thought I was, as she uses a lot of words that I didn’t understand and had to look up, so prepare yourself for feeling like an English language novice.

Let’s just say that Boris Johnson and some of his cronies, along with Trump, were not, and never will be, on her Christmas card list. 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.The building of many new houses threatens the tranquility of her beloved French house, then Britain votes to leave the common market, the horror of the Grenfell disaster and what it reveals about English politicians, and then isolation in her home during the Covid pandemic, devastating for someone who loves to connect with people. Names familiar and less familiar all get mentions into how their paths crossed and the impact those others have had on the arts. It all kicks off with an insight into her recent film “Edie”, where an old lady, her husband having passed away recently, decided to go and climb Suilven. 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!

Home alone, classified as 'extremely vulnerable', she finds herself yelling at the TV and talking to the pigeons. Amidst all this Hancock perseveres and describes the ups and downs of her life with wit and humor and always honesty.Big Thank you so much to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for a digital copy of this book this book was a real treat and I loved it. 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. 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.

Old Rage by Sheila Hancock was a funny and excellent book and still looking great at OMG 89 years old and still got her wits about her. Biography: Sheila Hancock, one of Britain's most highly regarded and popular actors, received a Damehood for services to drama and charity in 2021. In Old Rage, she asserts that The Wildcats of St Trinian’s, in which she starred in 1980, is one of the worst films ever made, and that appearances as Senna Pod in Carry on Cleo and as a version of Margaret Thatcher in a “weird” episode of Doctor Who will “not get me listed on anyone’s roster of great performances”. This is a lady who has seen World War, learned to use Zoom and WhatsApp, acted on stage with the greats and walks the deserted streets of London during the pandemic.Having lived through bereavement and been born and remembers the Second World War, she now finds herself lonely at times and her body is finally not doing that well now.



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