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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Sheila doesn’t mince words in giving her opinions on the state of world and national affairs, while at the same time coping with advancing age (which doesn’t please her either). Old Rage" is a beautifully written and inspiring book full of profound wisdom, kindness and razor-sharp awareness. 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.

She doesn’t shy away from telling her own opinions and that’s missing in todays world when everyone is so scared of saying the wrong thing. Her loneliness throughout lockdown and her vivid descriptions of watching nature from her verandah and later from her walks are all what other people who were classed as ‘extremely vulnerable’ and those who live on their own, can all relate to. One of the reasons I was late to meet you is that I can’t dress any more,” she says, exasperatedly (our conversation takes place in the London studio where she is to have her photograph taken). Such an entertaining memoir, full of wisdom, wit and character covering the years from 2016-2021, when well-known British actor and star of theatre and television, Sheila Hancock (aged in her late 80s), shares her thoughts during the tumultuous years of Brexit and Covid.Photograph: Pål Hansen/The Observer View image in fullscreen ‘Work keeps me going, but I also wish that wasn’t the case’: Sheila Hancock. Having just gone through the Covid Pandemic on my own myself I did find it a bit depressing but her spirit is still going strong.

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. She reflects on her past, how she got where she is However, what stands out is her commitment to being a positive influence in the world from involvement in arts programs in schools, to workers rights and human rights. Reading about the lockdowns brought back a lot of memories as well as anger and a sense that we need to change. Her analysis of the political environment in the UK as well as the rest of the world is thoughtful and passionate. Glass in hand, she is resplendent: a walking, talking advertisement for a good haircut – this, she insists, is the real secret of eternal youth – and an abiding interest in other people.She has suffered loss and sadness, and currently has rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, but doesn't stop her maintaining a firm grip on life and learning. But six months later I went to a place where I used to get my nails done, and there it was, hanging on the peg, as if to say: how dare you leave me behind? 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. so rapidly over the last few decade but Sheila’s “Old Rage” is a steadfastly honest piece of writing. And then there is the revelations of a personal life lived through family bereavement, illness and crisis.

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