I've read a lot of showbiz autobiographies, but never has one affected me or produced so many emotions in me.
Every page produced another emotion, from "thats interesting" to "oh i never knew that" to laughing out loud, to suprise,to nodding with empathy to jaw dropping shock, to a lump in the throat to tears in the eyes.
Sheila's life has really been one of loss and missed opportunies. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong men, saying the wrong thing to the wrong person, just when a brilliant career opportunity came along something else popped up to stop it happening.
Her parents who hated each other so much yet stayed together all their lives definately made their mark on her life. Wasn't it the poet Philip Larkin who wrote that parents f**k you up. i think this was definately the case. The reunion with her brother shortly before he died brought tears to my eyes.
She really should be up there with the likes of June Whitfield, Joanna Lumley and the late Thora Hird in the nations eyes and affections,an icon of acting, as she is as good if not better actress than them, but sheer bad luck prevented that.
The book is a real page turner. I said to myself i'd read just one more chapter before going to bed, well ten chapters later i was still reading.
For anyone interested in showbusiness, relationships or families this book is a must read