Author(s): Sheila Hancock
It is 1948 and the young and beautiful Marguerite Carter has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE behind enemy lines. She returns to England to be one of the first women to receive a degree from the University of Cambridge. Now she pins back her unruly auburn curls, draws a pencil seam up her legs, ties the laces on her sensible black shoes, and sets out towards her future as an English teacher in a girls' grammar school. Outside the classroom Britain is changing fast, and Miss Carter finds herself caught up in social upheaval, swept in and out of love and forging deep, enduring friendships.
The war is over but her story has just begun
The book is terrific and shining through it is the spirit of Sheila herself: brave, indomitable and full of a desire to change the world for the better. Judy Finnigan, Daily Express There is more than a touch of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie about the book ... Carter is an original and convincing character, and Hancock would be perfect for the part in a film of the book Daily Mail A novel of love, loss, politics, history and most importantly the power of friendship. A rich and absorbing story you won't want to put down **** Daily Express Sheila Hancock has created an inspiring character - and a compelling portrait of Britain ***** The Lady '[Hancock] is a naturally gifted writer and Marguerite is an appealing heroine Sunday Times A sweeping story ... Well written and rich in historic detail Sunday Mirror Powerful **** Daily Telegraph
Sheila Hancock is one of Britain's most highly regarded and popular actors, and received an OBE for services to drama in 1974 and a CBE in 2011. Since the 1950s she has enjoyed a career across Film, Television, Theatre and Radio. Her first big television role was in the BBC sitcom The Rag Trade in the early 1960s. She has directed and acted for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Following the death of her husband, John Thaw, she wrote a memoir of their marriage, The Two of Us, which was a number one bestseller and won the British Book Award for Author of the Year. Her memoir of her widowhood, Just Me, also a bestseller, was published in 2007. She lives in London and France.