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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.
'My mother-in-law Annie lived with us for 17 years and was picture-book perfect.' It took a while before the family realised that Annie was increasingly (as she would put it) 'Mutt and Jeff'. So Phyllida began to write out the day's gossip at the kitchen table, putting her notes by Annie's bed before going to hers. One night as heer husband wandered off to bed he muttering darkly that she spent so much time each evening writing to Annie she could have written a book. 'And illustrated it!' Here it is. It is a book full of the delights of a warm and loving household. Of Boot the Cat being sick after over-indulging in spiders; the hunt for cleaning products from the dawn of time; persistently and mysteriously malfunctioning hearing aids; an unusual and potentially hilarious use for a clove of garlic; and the sad disappearance of coconut logs from the local sweetshop. It's about the special place at the heart of a home held by a woman born in another age. Who polished the brass when it was 'looking red at her'. Who still bore a scar on her hands from being hit by her employer when, as a young woman, she was in service. Who could turn the heel of a sock and the collar of a shirt, and make rock-cakes, bread pudding and breast of lamb with barley.
Publication date: 01/10/2009
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||1st October 2009|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
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.More About Phyllida Law