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Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother

My Autobiography

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'There was a lot that we kept from my mother. My dad would say to me as a teenager "Don't tell your mother." We couldn't face the disapproval.'

Sue Johnston always seemed to be disappointing her mother. As a girl she never stayed clean and tidy like her cousins. As she grew older, she spent all her piano lesson money on drinks for her mates down the pub, and when she discovered The Cavern she was never at home. The final straw was when Sue left her steady job at a St Helen's factory to try her hand at that unsteadiest of jobs: acting.

Yet when Sue was bringing up her own child alone, her mother was always there to help. And playing her much-loved characters Sheila Grant in Waking the Dead and Barbara in The Royle Family- although her mum wouldn't say she was proud as such, she certainly seemed to approve. And in her mother's final months, it was Sue she needed by her side.

The relationship with your mother is perhaps the most precious and fraught of any woman's life. When she began writing, Sue set out to record 'all the big things, and all the small things. Everything I wanted to tell my mother but felt I never could'. The result is a warm, poignant and often very funny memoir by one of Britain's favourite actresses.

Customer Reviews

Sue Johnston - Things I couldn't tell my mother

Excellent, honest, heartwarming autobiography.

A Good Read

Quite a moving read especially the part where Sue describes her mother passing away and their final days together. Obviously a strong character of a woman who knew what she wanted from a career and has played some brilliant parts particularly in Waking The Dead worthy of a read M

Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother

An absolutely wonderful book. I couldn't put it down! It was written straight from the heart and showed the person behind the image.

Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biography
  • Published: 01 September 2011
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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