When John Thaw, star of The Sweeney and Inspector Morse, died from cancer in 2002, a nation lost one of its finest actors.
Sheila Hancock lost a beloved husband. In this unique double biography she chronicles their lives - personal and professional, together and apart.
John Thaw was born in Manchester, the son of a lorry driver.
When he arrived at RADA on a scholarship he felt an outsider.
In fact his timing was perfect: it was the sixties and television was beginning to make its mark.
With his roles in Z-Cars and The Sweeney, fame came quickly.
But it was John's role as Morse that made him an icon.
In 1974 John married Sheila Hancock, with whom he shared a working-class background and a RADA education.
Sheila was already the star of the TV series The Rag Trade and went on to become the first woman artistic director at the RSC.
Theirs was a sometimes turbulent, always passionate relationship, and Sheila describes their love - weathering overwork and the pressures of celebrity, drink and cancer - with honesty and piercing intelligence.
The Two of Us is a remarkable book - a biography of a born actor and a tender, often heartbreaking memoir of a marriage. Full of insight and vivid memories, it evokes two lives lived to the utmost.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 04/10/2004
- Category: Autobiography: arts & entertainment
- ISBN: 9780747570202