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This book describes Phyllida Law's care of her dementing mother in Scotland while she was trying to sustain an acting career from her home in London. It is a glorious book full of gentle and rip roaring humor in the face of what must have been dreadful to witness. Phyllida had already cared for her mother-in law who was very deaf at the same time she was raising Emma and Sophie Thompson her actress daughters.Husband and father,Eric Thompson ( Magic Roundabout narrator for any Brits reading this) died very young.
Phyllida has the most expressive, beautiful voice and narrates her exquisite prose to perfection. I listened to this book without a break and have bought another audible because she is narrating it.
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This had a great review in 'the Guardian' biographies of the year and I was expecting to find it funny and moving. Unfortunately I found it a little too understated and wasn't moved to tears or laughter. It felt far too short, as if it had been abridged and at times I found that the narration randomly jumped around. I didn't particularly enjoy the narration either. This may be a book that's better to read in the print version.
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Touching, charming and a fascinating insight into Phyllida Law's family and the challenges of looking after a mother who is disappearing. Law shows great love and compassion as well as humour, and she reads this with skill and tenderness. Definitely a favourite.