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Phyllida Law has appeared in numerous plays, television series and films, including Peter's Friends, Much Ado about Nothing, Foyle's War and Kingdom. She was married to Eric Thompson, the writer and narrator of the English version of The Magic Roundabout, until his death in 1982. She has two daughters, Emma and Sophie. ‘Notes to my Mother-in-Law’ was her first book.
A single-volume edition of two hugely charming and funny memoirs of family life, by the inimitable Phyllida Law. Phyllida Law's treasured mother-in-law Annie was the lynchpin of the entire family, so when they realised she was growing ever more deaf the only solution was for Phyllida to note down all the day's gossip for Annie to read. When her own mother Mego - always deliciously dotty - was diagnosed with dementia late in her life, Phyllida devoted herself to Mego's care, on hand to keep the cottage tidy and prepare a medicinal G&T. And all the while Phyllida had to manage her busy acting career and bring up her own daughters, the actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson. Complete with wonderful new material from Phyllida, Emma and Sophie, this single-volume edition of Phyllida Laws's two enchanting memoirs of family life - 'Notes to my Mother-in-Law' and 'How Many Camels Are There in Holland?' - is a tender and sweetly comic story of mothers, daughters, a malfunctioning hearing aid and a most peculiar question about camels ...
A moving, funny, poignant and ultimately incredibly sad account of how Phyllida Law and family try to cope with her Mother’s encroaching Alzheimer’s. A constant battle to keep her at home and safe, it’s exhausting work but somehow they keep going, showing just what is involved when someone is gradually taken over by Alzheimer’s. A lovely little book, it will give comfort and support to anyone coping themselves and to the general reader an insight into just what is involved in this dreadful disease which is so much more than forgetting where you’ve put something and those many other “senior moments” we joke about. Like for Like ReadingThe Little Girl in the Radiator: Mum, Alzheimer’s and Me, Martin SlevinKeeper: A Book about Memory, Identity, Isolation, Wordsworth and Cake, Andrea Gillies
As Phyllida Law’s mother in law began to lose her hearing Phyllida decided to write her small notes with a summary of the day’s goings on, among the family. Here she brings them together in an utterly delightful book that cannot fail to bring a smile and warm glow to all who read them. A perfect gift for Christmas celebrating all that is good about family life.