WITH the release of her first novel, celebrated actress Sheila Hancock is adding another string to her already creaking bow.
Her lauded acting career spans six decades in theatre, television, film and radio and her previous books, two autobiographical accounts — one of her life with her late husband actor John Thaw, The Two Of Us, and one Just Me, an honest account of her life after bereavement — were bestsellers.
It seems there is nothing the award-winning actress can do without achieving success. Since becoming a household name in the Sixties BBC sitcom The Rag Trade, Sheila has appeared in everything from prime time television shows Doctor Who and Kavanagh QC to productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
In the latest instalment of the Watermill Theatre’s book club, Sheila will talk about her debut novel Miss Carter’s War. The story follows the fortunes of Marguerite Carter, a half French, half English young woman who returns to British shores in 1948 following the end of the Second World War.
She embarks upon a career as an English teacher with the goal of fighting social injustice, preventing war and educating her girls.