03 August, 2015

Three mothers (and a camel) by Phyllida Law

I challenge you to read this book with a straight face. It is, I assure you, impossible.

This is Phyllida Law's unique and hilarious history of family life. An autobiography with a difference, she details her adventures, caring firstly for her mother-in-law and then her own mother.

Her mother-in-law's deafness had got very bad, so they tried various hearing-aids with mixed results. Phyllida then began a written daily diary to liase with her.

Likewise, when her own mother developed dementia, communication became somewhat fraught.The account of their daily doings brings to life the highs, lows and hilarity that only family life can bring.

Law is the mother of the actresses Sophie and Emma Thompson,and we also hear snippets of her own distinguished acting career. The writing is interspersed with drawings which bring the events detailed to life.

Not to be missed.

Author: Phyllida Law

Reviewed by Clare K. Massey City Library

Clare K works at Massey Library in West Auckland. She believes that there is nothing you can't learn from a book, and the more you know the more you grow.

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