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The two of us. My Life with John Thaw. First published in Great Britain 2004.

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301 pages leaves of plates (some color) ; 24 cm. When John Thaw, star of "The Sweeney" and "Inspector Morse", died from cancer, a nation lost one of its finest actors and Sheila Hancock lost a beloved husband. This biography chronicles their lives - personal and professional, together and apart. It describes their love - weathering overwork and the pressures of celebrity, drink and cancer.

The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw (. ISBN 1-58234-417-5) is a 2004 biography written by British actress Sheila Hancock. It is a double biography that focuses on the lives of both Sheila Hancock and her husband John Thaw (also an actor), and tells the story of their lives and their 28-year marriage. 368 printed pages. 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.

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. Серия: "-" 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.

Sheila Hancock reads from her book about her deep and passionate partnership with her late husband, John Thaw.

When John Thaw, star of The Sweeney and Inspector Morse, died from cancer in 2002, a nation lost one of its finest actors. The Two of Us is a remarkable book - a biography of a born actor and a tender, often heartbreaking memoir of a marriage. Sheila Hancock lost a beloved husband. Full of insight and vivid memories, it evokes two lives lived to the utmost.

The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw. com User, August 17, 2008. Sheila Hancock OBE and John Thaw CBE were one of Britain's most successful acting couples. Sadly, John Thaw died of cancer like Sheila's first husband did so many years ago. As actors, they are both terrific actors. Hancock is still doing the West End theater and film and television. As the surviving spouse, she writes about her partnership with Thaw onstage and offstage.

When John Thaw, star of The Sweeney and Inspector Morse, died from cancer in 2002, a nation lost one of its finest actors. 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 John 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 Sheila describes their love - weathering overwork and the pressures of celebrity, drink and cancer - with honesty and piercing intelligence. The Two of Us is a remarkable book - a biography of a born actor and a tender, often heartbreaking memoir of a marriage. Full of insight and vivid memories, it evokes two lives lived to the utmost.

Comments: (7)

Malhala
I have been watching "Inspector Morse" and wanted to do some basic research on Mr Thaw. Then I read that he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer myself in 2013. He was in a late stage. I was not. In a situation like this, I wonder, "Why have I survived and talented people who give so much did not?" I cannot answer this question. I am enjoying the book very much. Sheila Hancock is a excellent author. Highly recommended! I just finished the book and it was deeply moving. Ms Hancock writes about her husband's life and his difficulties in a very inspiring manner. She also writes about the devastation of losing someone you love and getting to the "new normal". You cannot go back to the old normal. You just have to live with the normal that you find. Thank you for writing this book, Ms Hancock and sharing your life with us.
The Sinners from Mitar
If you like John Thaw, or if you love John Thaw, you will get to know him in this book (or at least learn a lot about him) written by the one person in the world, there is no doubt, who knew him best, his wife of 28 years, and renowned actress in her own right, Sheila Hancock.

These were light years, these were heavy years, and some years so impossible they separated for long periods of time. They came very, very close to divorce. But things got better when, toward the last period of his life, he almost miraculously shook off the demon of alcohol and the deep, deep depressions were eased (described by the author as his "being mute with misery"), the personal and societal withdrawals, all the havoc that is inflicted, both on oneself and others, by the sufferer of this terrible disease.

We also get a firsthand look at the English theatre and its performers, and the history of the world during those 28 years. Ms. Hancock kept a diary throughout her adult life, and some of her entries are recorded in this book.

Four things stick with me: the absolute refusal of the author to ever accept the complete defeat of her practically impossible marriage; the permanent cessation of Thaw's drinking after visiting a psychiatrist for only one week (ten hours), wherein the doctor focused on "the harm done by alcohol"; the great discipline applied to his career while living under the serious debilitating handicap of untreated alcoholism; and the love between these two people that weathered not just storms, but hurricanes and typhoons.

It took grit. And there's a lot of it in this frank, forthright and loving book.
Rageseeker
Ms. Hancock's account of her marriage to actor John Thaw (Inspector Morse, Kavanagh, etc.) stands well above the typical show-biz memoir. She pulls no punches and relates the ebb and flow of each of their lives as well as their marriage - the highs and lows, the good and bad.

And there was plenty that was bad when Thaw's depression combined with growing alcoholism to try their marriage to its limits. Somehow it survived and one has to conclude it was largely due to Ms. Hancock's perseverance and genuine love for her husband. She stuck with him through the worst of it and helped him find the way out. There is satisfaction in learning that he did recover and that the last years of his life were among their happiest.

The book is organized in an effective way that follows each of them from birth as they enter and succeed on the British stage and later on film and television. Interspersed within these chapters are entries from Ms. Hancock's diary that were written during Thaw's valiant, but sadly losing battle with cancer. The final chapters trace her slow, painful efforts to cope with life on her own, culminating in a fascinating bit of detective work of her own as she searches for the truth about Thaw's mother, who abandoned her children when they were quite young. Ms. Hancock also gives us a wonderful inside view of British show business during the years when both she and Thaw were performers.

This is a sobering, no-nonsense account of two interesting lives spiced with both humor and pathos. It is uplifting and reminds us how different from our images the lives and personalities of actors and other public figures often are.

And if Sheila Hancock reads this, I would differ with her on one point -- John Thaw's work will not be forgotten any time soon.
Ese
I found John Thaw a very interesting actor and felt his Inspector Morse was more like him than a created character - maybe wishful thinking - he was so intellectual and the love of opera made him super special. His wife was super special too - a wonderful dual biography of the two of them as the title states - The ups and downs of their lives together are sad but her treatment makes them, at the same time, so very interesting in how they handled their tribulations and stayed in love and together. John had demons to conquer and he found the proper help to do so but I'm sure she was his rock. This was a powerful story of two lives intertwined - two very interesting people who just happened to be actors. I loved the book! Every John Thaw fan will too.
Hanad
The story of John Thaw and Sheila Hancock, and their life together is a great read. Well written and terribly interesting -- many stories about English Theatre life, their meeting and working together and, of course, the "Morse" series as seen on PBS. The part about his death was very sad -- he was such a beloved actor. Sheila Hancock writes about life without John Thaw and the reader feels her loss... Despite that, it is a very happy book about their life together, funny in parts, interesting and one learns a few 'life lessons' along the way.
Nanecele
This lovely book, written by John Thaw's wife, is about both their careers. Because I am such a huge, "Morse", fan, I wanted to know more about the man behind the character. The book does not disappoint. His very sad childhood, with his mother out of the picture, shows how Mr. Thaw dealt with terrible disappointment and sadness.
It is good to know that he gave up drinking, due to its affect on his marriage, children and his life. What a fantastic actor and what a very moving book! And of course, he was gone far too soon.
The Two of Us : My Life With John Thaw download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: Sheila Hancock
ISBN: 0747570205
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Ltd; 1st Edition edition (September 30, 2004)
Pages: 320 pages